organic gardening: Trying something different and seeing something new - 03/03/13 01:03 AM
This winter hasn't turned out to be particularly harsh, and there are lots of berries and seeds still left for birds to eat. But we didn't know that back in January, so for the first time we hung a bird feeder out on the back porch. It's a net bag filled with thistle seeds, and it has attracted quite a following.

We had never seen these birds in our garden in Cibolo/Schertz before, and I identified them as lesser goldfinches. There seem to be at least five of them visiting the bird feeder, and it has to be refilled every … (9 comments)

organic gardening: Dragonfly Friday! Another lovely beneficial insect in my garden - 10/29/10 10:06 AM

What else can I tell you about dragonflies, my favorite insects? How about some basics?
-  They belong to the order Odonata, which means "toothed ones."
-  There are 2,874 species of dragonflies worldwide, of which only 316 inhabit the United States.
-  The largest modern-day dragonfly is the Australian Giant Petaltail, with a wingspan of up to 6.3 inches.
The dragonfly above, perching perilously close to the spider web, is somewhat smaller than that! Someday when I go to Australia I'll look for his giant cousin.

organic gardening: A rose by any other name would smell as sweet . . . - 06/19/10 12:49 PM

. . . as this daylily does! It has the most wonderful fragrance, just like that of a delicate tea rose.
I am so thrilled with my daylilies this year. My husband bought me an assortment of sizes and colors, and I planted them in groups of five in several places in our garden. Others I planted in the past didn't do very well, but I did some research and planted the scapes in areas with some afternoon shade to protect them from the South Texas heat. This plant started blooming last week. I especially like flowers in shades of … (32 comments)

organic gardening: Pre-spring blooms on display in my garden - 03/16/10 11:04 AM
It's not officially spring yet, but there are already some signs of life, so I got my camera out and toured the garden to see what was blooming. Then I made a show out of some of the blossoms in my garden. Some are from trees, such as the peach and gorgeously fragrant mountain laurel. Some flowers are from perennials in the beds, such as salvia and honeysuckle. And some just came up in the grass, namely the wild onions! I thought they were just as pretty as the others in their own way.
As more blooms appear, I'll be out taking pictures of them. I'll … (14 comments)

organic gardening: Look who zipped through my garden in Cibolo, Texas, this morning! - 03/14/10 11:21 AM
Isn't she a beauty? I quickly snapped off four photos of her as she paused on my deck to eye me, but this is the only one that turned out. A few seconds later, she raced for the fence and jumped up and over into my neighbor's yard. I took the photos from inside the sunroom, because I didn't have time to get outside.

Some facts about roadrunners:
1. They are members of the cuckoo family.
2. They eat bugs, lizards, bird eggs, fruits, seeds, and snakes, including rattlesnakes.
3. They live alone or in pairs, and often mate for life.
4. Both parents raise … (18 comments)

organic gardening: Speechless Sunday: a desert catalpa tree - 10/18/09 09:48 AM

On our way to Santa Fe from El Paso, I stopped to take a picture of this desert willow, or desert catalpa, by the side of the road. We recently planted one in our garden as part of our xeriscaping efforts, and I hope it grows up to be as big and beautiful as this one. The tree is native to the southwest. It is not really related to willows; quite the opposite, since it doesn't like a lot of water.
The blossoms have a faint scent that I think is sharp and soapy, rather than sweet. The bees like the nectar.

organic gardening: After the rains - another unworldly being appears in my garden in Schertz - Cibolo, Texas - 10/14/09 01:11 AM
Yesterday, the downpours in the San Antonio area finally stopped. In a few weeks, we went from being on the verge of Stage 3 drought restrictions to having an overflowing pool and a leaking roof.
When the sun came out, I surveyed our yard to see if any more visitors had arrived, taking advantage of the cover of rain. I found this one hiding under the ginger, and quite a fetching color:

I checked on the status of our visitor who arrived a few days ago. It is even taller now.

When I angled up to view it from … (25 comments)

organic gardening: Wordless Wednesday: after the rains in Schertz - Cibolo, Texas - 10/07/09 12:03 PM

This gulf fritillary landed on a plumeria leaf in our garden and slowly spread its wings to bask. There wasn't much sunshine yet, but you have to start somewhere!
These butterflies are fairly common in this area of South Texas. Because we are organic gardeners and love butterflies and flowers, we planted passionflowers and let the vines sprout and grow wherever they want. Gulf fritillaries lay their eggs on the passion vines and their caterpillars feed on them. The adult butterflies are quite partial to the nectar of buddleia flowers.
Some recent posts:
A sad comment on our industry: another … (12 comments)

organic gardening: Can you identify this insect? It looks and acts like a bee, but it's not yellow or striped! - 07/22/09 04:55 AM

This intriguing insect is a little larger than the average honeybee we see in our garden. It hovers like a bee and is attracted to the same plants as the honeybees are. However, it isn't particularly fuzzy, and it is speckled gray and white. What is it? This is the only one I have ever seen.

organic gardening: Butterfly looking for a place to lay her eggs - 07/22/09 04:54 AM

This swallowtail butterfly is looking for someplace to lay her eggs. Swallowtails love parsley. It is one of their favorite plants for hosting their eggs. When they hatch, the swallowtail caterpillars will fatten up on the parsley leaves. They still leave plenty for my husband to use when he's cooking, though.

organic gardening: Hummingbird moth entertains visitors to the Big Apple - 07/16/09 01:14 AM
A month ago, I received this message via ActiveRain:
My family and I saw one in New York City and your photos helped us identify the humming bird moth. Thanks and You are right, those guys are QUICK!!!!! I can e-mail you my photographs if you want.
My new correspondent sent me this message yesterday:
Here are my photos! These were taken in Riverside Park in the 'People's Garden' at 93rd Street.  The flowers that they favored were Larkspur.
This one lone little guy was very persistant and kept coming back for more!

I hope you enjoy the photos.
--Elizabeth, … (5 comments)

organic gardening: Finally, I reveal what I have been up to lately - comments welcome - 07/01/09 01:10 AM
It has been a very busy month for me, and I have neglected my AR blog while making the proverbial hay. Now I'm going to play catch-up and just offer a stream of consciousness post for my loyal readers. You'll be rewarded with a photo at the end.
I am not going to be Twittering. I don't even make time to blog as often as I should, much less tell people what I'm doing every few minutes. If Congress people do it and TIME has an article about it, I think it's on the way out. Plus, I need a new phone … (7 comments)

organic gardening: The hummingbird moths are back in my garden - and in someone else's - 04/22/09 01:20 AM
Ever since I got back from my cruise to Hawaii, I have been busybusybusy. That is my excuse for taking so long to post more photos from my trip. But first, the news flash: the hummingbird moths are back! They have been visiting the lantana blossoms in the evening, making it tough for me to get a sharp photo of them in low-light conditions. I did my best:

Now, here's the cool thing. A couple of days after I took these pictures, I got an e-mail from Sandra, who lives on the southern coast of South Africa. She was visited by … (5 comments)

organic gardening: Rosemary loves company - bees, damselflies, and butterflies - 03/02/09 12:23 AM
I took these photos in my back yard on a warm, sunny morning in January. I wandered over to my raised bed of rosemary and found it to be a popular place.

A damselfly basking in the sun on a sprig of rosemary.

This bee has gathered a good supply of pollen already, helping to keep its hive going over the winter.

Several hairstreak butterflies were gathering nectar from the rosemary flowers. This one opened its wings and held still long enough for me to get a photo.

organic gardening: Photos from a visit to the Corpus Christi / South Texas Botanical Gardens - 12/06/08 04:30 AM
It's taken me a while to get around to processing photos from our weekend in Corpus in late October. I was so busy assembling our Halloween costumes and getting ready to not cook for Thanksgiving that the photos just sat on my hard drive.
So finally, here are some of the creatures we found in the gardens, which has been renamed the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. Enjoy!

A longtail skipper on the mist flowers. Skippers differ from other types of butterflies in several ways. One is that their antennae are hooked instead of clubbed; all butterflies use their antennae … (15 comments)

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