Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bees back

 Our fragrant mistflower is blooming in the front yard right now. Beautiful!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Drought Survival Kit

Folks, this press release from TPW just hit our news desk here at the Pink House:

In an effort to help, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this week converted its main water resource website to feature an online Drought Survive Kit. The new online resource comes in three sets of web pages.

The Help Wildlife section explains how Texas critters handle drought and advises when and whether to intervene with Mother Nature. For example, it tells how to help birds and butterflies with native plants, and why people should never feed wildlife such as raccoons, deer and opossums.

The Save Your Yard web section recognizes that trying to keep St. Augustine grass and other non-native “water hogs” alive during the drought can be expensive and frustrating. It suggests how, as weather conditions improve, it’s time to think about replacing drought-stricken yards with native “Wildscapes” that are better suited for surviving Texas weather. These are colorful, require little water or care, and attract birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.

The Cut Your Water Bill section covers a few simple ways to save water and money, and links to more information on the Texas Water Development Board’s Water IQ website.