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Birds

  • Red Cockaded Woodpecker
  • Cardinal
  • Red bellied woodpecker
  • Blue jay
  • Father cardinal feeding a young cardinal at the feeder
  • Chickadee nest builders
  • Short billed dowitcher
  • Western Willet
  • Take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count
  • Yellow rumped warbler
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Juvenile purple gallinule
  • Brown thrasher
  • Juvenile Brown Pelican
  • Prepping your garden soil
  • Black chinned hummingbird female
  • Moorhen
  • Black crowned night heron
  • Yellow crowned night heron
  • Osprey defending his dinner from a seagull
  • Pileated woodpecker
  • Purple gallinule
  • Grackel
  • Red heron
  • Red shoulder hawk
  • Scarlet ibis
  • Migrating robins
  • Snow geese wintering over
  • Ruby Throated Hummingbird
  • Snowy egret
  • Titmouse
  • Tri-colored heron
  • Turkey vulture
  • Bewick’s wren
  • White pelican
  • House finch
  • White ibis
  • Carolina Wood ducks
  • Loggerheaded Shrikes
  • Little blue heron
  • Mocking bird
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Kiskadee
  • Great blue heron
  • Glossy ibis
  • Black Necked Stilt and babies
  • Juvenile White Ibis
  • Green jay
  • Green heron
  • Great tailed grackel
  • Goldfinch
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Egret fishing
  • Duck
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Commerant
  • Chickadee
  • Yes or no? Feed the birds in the winter
  • Black Vultures
  • Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
  • Anhinga
  • American Coot
  • Summer time is here
  • *&^%$ squirrels
  • Hummingbirds and more
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Robins, robins and more robins
  • Hummingbird time
  • How to remove a bird from your home
  • Tufted titmouse
  • Woodpecker tree holes
  • more sunshine
  • Cold and wet

  • Bog, rain, swale gardens

  • Back Yard Ponds
  • Swale Garden

  • Creepy crawlies

  • Venomous Snakes
  • See bees like you’ve never seen bees
  • Insects and plant evolution go hand in hand
  • Candle Bush ( Cassia alata )
  • Insect damage to plants inoculates future generations
  • Cold winters keep immigrant ant leaf cutters in check
  • Phlox changes color to help butterflies tell species apart
  • Butterflies plant eggs on medicinal plants to treat offspring
  • Wasps battle wasps over wiliwili and coral bean trees
  • Aphids get their colors from stolen plant genes
  • Whiteflies sabotage plant alarm systems
  • Leaf cutter ants employ bacteria to grow fungus
  • Lady bugs surrogate mothers for wasps
  • Marigolds and Nematodes
  • Insecticides
  • Twig girdlers
  • Whiteflies
  • Thrips
  • Golden silk spiders
  • Dangerous Houston Spiders
  • Snails and slugs
  • Leaf Miners
  • Milkweed evolves to better feed caterpillars
  • Aphids
  • If you want your peppers spicy, spare the bugs
  • Mosquito fish keep your backyard ponds free of mosquitoes
  • Beware of tomatoes bearing nematodes
  • Tea Scale – what is it and what to do about it
  • The wonderful worm
  • Creatures of the night
  • Bark Lice
  • Bats
  • Butterflies and Butterfly Gardens in Houston
  • Stink bugs aka Shield bug ( Pentatomidae Halyomorpha halys)
  • Mealy Bug
  • Butterfly gardening
  • Bats
  • Bugs, bugs and more bugs
  • Fire Ants
  • Mosquitoes
  • Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
  • Attack of the Post Oak Grasshoppers

  • Critters

  • Venomous Snakes
  • Build a squirrel proof feeder and squirrels will evolve
  • Armadillo
  • Wildlife Gardens
  • Bats
  • Opossums — Your garden rubbish men
  • *&^%$ squirrels
  • Bats
  • Squirrels

  • The evolution of plants

  • Slime mold (Fuligo septica)
  • Red light, blue light, no green light
  • Insects and plant evolution go hand in hand
  • Killer grass
  • Insect damage to plants inoculates future generations
  • One plant to rule them all
  • Phlox changes color to help butterflies tell species apart
  • What pine cones reveal about the evolution of flowers
  • 100 Million year old mutation leads to sex differentiation
  • Bees prefer stripes
  • Tricky lily lures flies
  • Genetically altered trees might help remove carbon dioxide from air
  • 50 million year old sunflower fossil found
  • Love your flowers? Thank a fire.
  • Big bang of flowering plants was 5 million years ago
  • We share pigments with the Bird of Paradise
  • Flowering plants have higher vein density than non-flowering plants
  • Plant and insect co-evolution
  • Milkweed evolves to better feed caterpillars
  • Mutant plants created from radiation

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Meyer Lemon Trees
  • Competitive gardening
  • Time to plant the tomato seeds
  • Tomatoes

  • Garden help

  • Nature’s Way Resources
  • Fertilizer Calculator for iOS7
  • Plant Doctor for iOS7
  • Fertilizer app now iCloud enabled
  • Houston Plants and Droughts
  • Use detergent to keep botrytis from roses
  • Galveston Master Gardeners release publications for Gulf Coast Gardeners
  • How to kill a plant
  • Marigolds and Nematodes
  • Five favorite plants for difficult areas in Houston
  • Master Gardener Lectures from University of California
  • How to prune your fruit tree in 5 easy steps
  • Prepping your garden soil
  • Rebuilding the butterfly garden
  • Plant classifications and how to use them
  • Your plants need micronutrients too
  • Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur are the secondary nutrients needed by plants
  • How soil pH affects your plants and what to do about it
  • Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium are the primary nutrients your plant requires
  • An ounce of prevention keeps cold weather from harming your plants
  • Salt your plants food and they will eat better
  • Give me a soggy spot and I’ll give you a rain garden
  • The smart way to garden: Xeriscaping
  • Do your plant shopping like Jack Bauer catches terrorists
  • The environmentally friendly way to clear the fall leaves from your yard
  • Invasive plants
  • *&^%$ squirrels
  • Composting
  • Cold Weather – How to protect your plants
  • Yet another frost! What to do about frost damage
  • Yellowing leaf with green veins
  • Ice Storm
  • March 2006 Garden Photos

  • Garden notes

  • Lizards love bamboo
  • Houston Plants and Droughts
  • The great cold winter of twenty ten
  • Ike one year and one drought later
  • Busy, busy
  • October Garden
  • After the storm
  • More cleanup
  • September 2008 Garden Photos
  • What a mess
  • Here comes Ike
  • Garden Photos August 2008
  • Time to plant the tomato seeds
  • July 2008 Garden Photos
  • June 2008 Garden Photos
  • May 2008 Garden Photos
  • Chaos in the garden and beautiful trees cut down for mulch
  • April 2008 Garden Photos
  • Tree eating bugs and reappearing plants
  • 200 bags of mulch, you take one down and pass it around
  • No more grass and a hummingbird showed up
  • Here are a few interesting things I learned in botany class that you might not know about plants
  • March 2008 Garden Photos
  • Another day, another load of mulch and dirt
  • Soil testing is the best bargain out there for gardeners
  • Soil and your plants
  • Mulching and Fertilizing and Cool Plant Finds
  • February 2008 Garden Photos
  • Plant moving time
  • Oh my, what happens to gardeners in cold weather
  • January’s Garden
  • January 2008 Garden Photos
  • Frosty garden evenings
  • December 2007 Garden Photos
  • Chilling in the garden
  • November 2007 Garden Photos
  • Who turned off the heat?
  • October 2007 Garden Photos
  • Fall cometh
  • Local doings and garden notes
  • Too many gardeners and too few open slots in the Master Gardener Class
  • September 2007 Garden Photos
  • Moving blogs and plants
  • Different landscape styles
  • Whoops!
  • Garden photos August 2007
  • Houston Zoo
  • Tomatoes take three
  • In the city
  • The pine nuts are ripe
  • July 2007 Garden Photos
  • Sunshine!
  • Does it ever stop raining?
  • Attack of the hungry deer
  • Summer time is here
  • *&^%$ squirrels
  • June 2007 Garden Photos
  • Mercer summer plant sale and garden notes
  • Forsaken by my tomato plants and peacock flowers
  • May 2007 Garden Photos
  • Garden notes
  • Quiet week in the garden
  • Still weeding
  • April 2007 Garden Photos
  • Wild flower season
  • Blooms, blooms every where
  • Mercer Garden March Mart
  • Blooming pepper plants
  • Blooming things and new life in the garden
  • March 2007 Garden Photos
  • Catnip!
  • Out with the pines, in with the maples and pears
  • Tomato plants and pushing spring
  • Thinning trees
  • Worm castings and herb seeds
  • February 2007 Garden Photos
  • Early sunflower
  • Sunshine and warm weather
  • more sunshine
  • Squirrels
  • and more sunshine!
  • Rain rain go away
  • New beds
  • Cold and wet
  • January 2007 Garden Photos
  • June 2005 Garden Photos

  • How to

  • Galveston Master Gardeners release publications for Gulf Coast Gardeners
  • How to kill a plant
  • Master Gardener Lectures from University of California
  • How to prune your fruit tree in 5 easy steps
  • Competitive gardening
  • Prepping your garden soil
  • Rebuilding the butterfly garden
  • Is it a fungus among us or a bacteria?
  • Tips for tree planting in Houston
  • Tips for starting seeds indoors
  • Proper mixes speeds up your compost
  • Soil testing is the best bargain out there for gardeners
  • It’s time to start the pruning
  • 9 Tips for garden photography
  • Do your plant shopping like Jack Bauer catches terrorists
  • Back Yard Ponds
  • Pruning Passion Flower Vine
  • Time to prune the roses
  • How to remove a bird from your home
  • Squirrels
  • Swale Garden

  • In the news

  • Dodder vine (Cuscuta pentagona)
  • Insect damage to plants inoculates future generations
  • Is Imprelis herbicide killing your trees?
  • What pine cones reveal about the evolution of flowers
  • 100 Million year old mutation leads to sex differentiation
  • Bees prefer stripes
  • Tallow tree continues its rapid spread through Gulf Coast
  • Wasps battle wasps over wiliwili and coral bean trees
  • Genetically altered trees might help remove carbon dioxide from air
  • South African mood lifting plant to go on sale
  • We share pigments with the Bird of Paradise
  • Cocao Plant has its genes sequenced
  • WSJ discusses xeric landscaping
  • Build a squirrel proof feeder and squirrels will evolve
  • Flowering plants have higher vein density than non-flowering plants
  • US Mapped by ecosystem online
  • Smaller plants better at fighting infections
  • Aphids get their colors from stolen plant genes
  • Plant geraniums to kill off Japanese beetles
  • Antibiotics in water might be removed by grass
  • Phosphate poor soils increase hairy roots
  • Plant Patents
  • How flowers create their spots
  • Algae protein protects plants from too much sun
  • Plant coloration camouflages it from predators
  • Whiteflies sabotage plant alarm systems
  • Leaf cutter ants employ bacteria to grow fungus
  • Killer petunias ?
  • Lady bugs surrogate mothers for wasps
  • What lies lie in the pretty scent of an orchid?
  • Monarch winter habitat threatened
  • Managed Relocation for Plants
  • Lack of solar wind increases tree growth
  • Hurricanes bring snow to Houston
  • Salt water vegetable gardens
  • Cactus to get microchips to deter theft
  • Synthetic tree mimics transpiration
  • Spooky dodder vine wiretaps host plant
  • Mutant plants created from radiation
  • Light show on algea produces unique sounds for pollution identification
  • Antarctic fossils show a much warmer continent
  • New group of plant growth hormones is discovered
  • Birds are attracted to insect damaged trees
  • If you want your peppers spicy, spare the bugs
  • Genetically modifying plants to allow them to thrive in dry climates
  • If rapid climate changes scare you, this will horrify you
  • Cold and ice gripped tropics 300 million years ago
  • Milkweed evolves to repair itself faster
  • Backyard chemicals: don’t let this happen to you
  • Vertical rain water harvesting
  • No till gains more ground
  • Combine fish farming with hydroponics for double yields
  • Cornelius nursery fire update
  • Another alternative to pesticides
  • 2000 year old seed germinates
  • New word for gardeners ‘ecohacking’
  • More bad news about RoundUp and fertilizer hit by inflation
  • World Naked Gardening day
  • Interesting garden news stories you might not have seen
  • Carl Linnaeus the father of botany?
  • Interesting news stories you might not have seen
  • Why you can’t get accurate gardening information in the mainstream press
  • Calling all gardeners, input on climate change requested
  • What to do with your rosemary tree now?
  • Ick, human hair used to reduce herbicide use
  • Global warming, it’s what happens between ice ages
  • Lack of water does more harm than cold
  • Skip the gym and get out in the garden
  • Plants have intelligence?
  • Here’s a quick way to build a theme garden
  • Here is a quick way to help the bees
  • Pirates raiding garden blogs
  • Fall vegetable planting guide

  • Landscape design

  • Plants for dry shady areas
  • WSJ discusses xeric landscaping
  • Fall cleanup time
  • Growing cactus and succulents in Houston
  • 10 more design tips for small spaces
  • 10 Landscape design tips for small spaces

  • Local happenings

  • Local Happenings Spring 2017
  • 2016 Houston Orchid Show
  • March Mart 2015
  • Florescence Illusions 2015
  • Houston Orchid Show 2015
  • 2014 Orchid Show And Sale
  • Houston Orchid Show 2013
  • 10th Biannual Florescence Houston 2013
  • Orchid Express
  • Trip to Southern Floral
  • Favorite places to find plants in Houston
  • Orchid Obsession
  • Salvia banning begins
  • Corpse flower to bloom in Butterfly Center
  • Managed Relocation for Plants
  • 10 things you didn’t know about bonsai
  • Houston Orchid Show 2009
  • Florescence Elements 2009
  • Gardening for the birds and the bees in the Piney Woods

  • Neat companies

  • Nature’s Way Resources
  • Orchid Express
  • Trip to Southern Floral
  • Favorite places to find plants in Houston
  • Orchid Obsession
  • Earth Kind is not just for roses
  • Gardening for the birds and the bees in the Piney Woods
  • Mercer Garden March Mart
  • The Arbor Gate
  • Ikenobo class
  • Worm castings
  • Richter’s herbs

  • Out and about

  • Houston Orchid Show 2013
  • Orchid Express
  • Favorite places to find plants in Houston
  • Tokyo bonsai’d gardens
  • Formal gardens in Tokyo
  • Tokyo pocket gardens
  • 10 things you didn’t know about bonsai
  • Houston Orchid Show 2009
  • Lotus at Brazos Bend
  • Mercer Botanical Gardens
  • Carnivorous Plant Photos from BigThicket
  • Lady Bird Johnson gardens in Austin
  • James David Garden in Austin
  • Garden Bloggers Spring Fling
  • Hawaii – Oahu plants and gardens
  • South Texas trip
  • San Antonio Botanical Gardens
  • Houston Flower Show, Florescence "Cosmos"

  • Plant health

  • Nature’s Way Resources
  • Fertilizer Calculator for iOS7
  • Houston Plants and Droughts
  • Is Imprelis herbicide killing your trees?
  • How much fertilizer do transplants need?
  • Sudden oak death
  • New plant hormone discovered that can help plants through stressful times
  • New spray may protect plants from drought
  • Use detergent to keep botrytis from roses
  • Cocao Plant has its genes sequenced
  • Smaller plants better at fighting infections
  • Plant geraniums to kill off Japanese beetles
  • Plant rhododendrons to protect from bugs
  • Tobacco plants change pollinators to ditch worms
  • Algae protein protects plants from too much sun
  • Whiteflies sabotage plant alarm systems
  • Marigolds and Nematodes
  • Dying Pine Trees caused by beetle infestation
  • Molybdenum secret ingredient for plant growth?
  • Aloe rust
  • Sago problems
  • Rain water vs tap water for your plants vs bottled water
  • Leaf scorch on roses
  • Beware of tomatoes bearing nematodes
  • Tea Scale – what is it and what to do about it
  • Your plants need micronutrients too
  • Calcium, Magnesium and Sulfur are the secondary nutrients needed by plants
  • How soil pH affects your plants and what to do about it
  • Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium are the primary nutrients your plant requires
  • An ounce of prevention keeps cold weather from harming your plants
  • Salt your plants food and they will eat better
  • Bark Lice
  • Mealy Bug
  • Attack of the Post Oak Grasshoppers
  • Cold Weather – How to protect your plants
  • Yet another frost! What to do about frost damage
  • Yellowing leaf with green veins

  • Plant science

  • Slime mold (Fuligo septica)
  • Dodder vine (Cuscuta pentagona)
  • Nature’s Way Resources
  • Hack your garden using water crystals
  • How crafty is your plant?
  • Red light, blue light, no green light
  • Insects and plant evolution go hand in hand
  • Killer grass
  • Insect damage to plants inoculates future generations
  • Is Imprelis herbicide killing your trees?
  • One plant to rule them all
  • Phlox changes color to help butterflies tell species apart
  • Plastic mulch or paper?
  • How much fertilizer do transplants need?
  • Sudden oak death
  • It’s a great year for fall colors in Houston
  • What pine cones reveal about the evolution of flowers
  • How flowers prevent inbreeding
  • Trees clean air better than previously thought
  • Bees prefer stripes
  • Tricky lily lures flies
  • New plant hormone discovered that can help plants through stressful times
  • Genetically altered trees might help remove carbon dioxide from air
  • More Veronica species hydrochasy plants discovered
  • New spray may protect plants from drought
  • 50 million year old sunflower fossil found
  • Withered flower petals protect the seeds
  • Flowering plant list pruned from 1 million to 400,000
  • Love your flowers? Thank a fire.
  • We share pigments with the Bird of Paradise
  • Cocao Plant has its genes sequenced
  • Anise flowers heat up to attract insects
  • Flowering plants have higher vein density than non-flowering plants
  • US Mapped by ecosystem online
  • Smaller plants better at fighting infections
  • Plant geraniums to kill off Japanese beetles
  • Antibiotics in water might be removed by grass
  • Plant rhododendrons to protect from bugs
  • Phosphate poor soils increase hairy roots
  • Trees retaliate when their fig wasps don’t service them
  • Tobacco plants change pollinators to ditch worms
  • Plant Patents
  • How flowers create their spots
  • Algae protein protects plants from too much sun
  • Plant coloration camouflages it from predators
  • Whiteflies sabotage plant alarm systems
  • Killer petunias ?
  • What lies lie in the pretty scent of an orchid?
  • Managed Relocation for Plants
  • Montgomery County Master Gardener Class
  • Molybdenum secret ingredient for plant growth?
  • Native seed not best for restoring native plants
  • Greenways allow plant as well as animal movement
  • Should your butterfly garden include bees?
  • Salt water vegetable gardens
  • The toxins in the plant
  • Plants under attack signal for help
  • Toxic Plants
  • Wondering about the soil in your new home?
  • Most common plants involved in poisonings
  • Coming soon purple tomatoes
  • Rain water vs tap water for your plants vs bottled water

  • Plants in Houston

  • Giant Crinum Lily ( Crinum asiaticum )
  • Carnivorous plants in Texas
  • Chinese indigo ( Indigofera decora )
  • Amaryllis – Hippeastrum hybrids
  • Variegated shell ginger ( Alpinia zerumbet )
  • Leopard plant ( Farfugium japonica ginanteum aka Liqularia tussilaginea ‘Gigantea’ )
  • Emerald Bamboo ( Bambusa (textilis) mutabilis)
  • Toad Lily ( Tricyrtis formosana )
  • Pine cone ginger aka shampoo ginger ( Zingiber zerumbet )
  • Sago Palm ( Cycas revoluta )
  • Queen Palm ( Palma de reina / Cocos plumosa / Syagrus romanzoffiana )
  • Cymbidium Sinense
  • Caladium
  • Candle Bush ( Cassia alata )
  • Elephant ears ( taro ) Colocasia esculenta
  • Bay leaf tree ( Sweet bay, Laurelia sempervirens )
  • Hens and chicks (Sempervivum)
  • Stonecrop ( Sedum stonecrop )
  • Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora )
  • Spurge ‘Blackbird’ (Euphorbia)
  • Citrosa Geranium
  • Japanese Lantern aka Flowering Maple ( Abutilon sp )
  • Scadoxus ‘Flaming Torch’ (Scadoxus punlcaus )
  • Cameo Quince ( Rosaceae Chaenomeles )
  • Meyer Lemon Trees
  • Thryalis Galphimia gracilis
  • Zingiber Neglectum ( Jewel Pagoda )
  • Papaya Tree (Carica papaya )
  • Bird of Paradise ( Strelitzia reginae & nicolai)
  • Zingiberaceae hedychium aka Butterfly ginger
  • Datura metel ‘Flore Pleno’
  • Crassula muscosa ‘Princess Pine’
  • Sedum hakonense ‘Makino’
  • Root beer plant ( Piper auritum )
  • Bric brac vine aka zigzag cactus (Cryptocereus anthonyanus )
  • Grammatophyllum Leopard Spot Orchid
  • Staghorn Fern ( Platycerium bifurcatum )
  • Stapelia Hirsuta
  • Bear’s paw fern (Phlebodium aureum ‘blue star’ )
  • Wavey cloak fern ( Cheilanthes sinuata )
  • Brazilian Candles ( Pavonia x Gledhillii )
  • Mother fern aka Oriental chain fern ( Woodwardia orientalis )
  • Pineapple Lily ( Eucomis )
  • Oregon Grapeholly ( Mahonia aquifolium )
  • Nun’s orchid ( Phaius tankervilliae )
  • Wood sorrel ( Oxalis sp. )
  • Chestnut vine aka Tetrastigma voinieranum
  • Tea hibiscus aka Roselle aka Red Sorrel ( Hibiscus sabdariffa )
  • Canna
  • Lotus at Brazos Bend
  • Growing Cattleya Orchids in Houston
  • Dutchman’s Pipe ( Aristolochia grandiflora )
  • African Blood lily ( Amaryllidaceae Scadoxus multiflorus )
  • Goldenrod ( Solidago )
  • Pencil plant ( Euphorbia tirucalli )
  • Dancing lady ginger ( Zingiberaceae Globba obscura )
  • Curcuma gingers
  • Ball moss ( Tillandsia recurvata )
  • Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora )
  • Peacock Ginger ( Kaempheria Pulchria )
  • River birch ( Betula Nigra )
  • Naranjilla Solanum quitoense Lam.
  • Papyrus ( Cyperus papyrus )
  • Philodendron Xanadu Cutleaf
  • Butterfly bush ( Buddleja davidii)
  • Dwarf Elkhorn Fern ( Polypodium Grandiceps )
  • Synandrospadix vermitoxicus
  • Coral Bean Tree aka Fireman’s Cap ( Erythrina x bidwillii )
  • Alocasia plumbea metallica
  • Indian Hawthorne
  • Calla lilies ( Zantedeschia )
  • Japanese yew aka shrubby podocarpus ( Podoarpus Macrophyllus )
  • Shrooms and fungus
  • Plumeria aka Frangipani trees
  • Voodoo Lily aka corpse lily ( Amorphophallus konjac )
  • Plectranthus “Mona Lavender”
  • Ground orchid ( Spathoglottis Plicata )
  • Japanese Pittsoaporum
  • Maidenhair fern ( Pteridaceae Adiantum )
  • Japanese Holly Fern ( Cyrtomium falcatum )
  • Slender brake fern aka silver leaf fern ( Pteris ensiformus ) and ( Pteris vittata )
  • Century Plant ( Agave americana )
  • Cats whiskers ( Orthosiphon aristatus )
  • Red tipped photinia
  • Red fairy duster ( Calliandra compacta )
  • Voilet squill ( Ledebouria socalis )
  • African mask aka Elephant’s Ear ( Alocasia amazonica )
  • Bear’s breech ( Acanthus mollis )
  • Dominican Oregano
  • Cymbidium orchids
  • Leadwort ( Plumbaginaceae Ceratostigma plumbaginoides )
  • Cyclamen ( ciclamen )
  • Society Garlic ( Alliaceae Tublighia violacea )
  • Bananas
  • Kangaroo paws ( Anigozanthos )
  • Clerodendron indicm
  • Cardboard Palm ( Zamai furfuracea )
  • Begonia
  • Hobbits pipe jade plant ( Crassula Gollum )
  • Lion’s Ear ( Leonotis leonurus )
  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum )
  • Castor bean plant ( Ricinus Communis )
  • Bat faced cuphea ( Cuphea lluvea )
  • Elephant Ears aka African Mask( Alocasia Frydek / micholitziana )
  • Zululand Cycad ( Encephalartos ferox )
  • Echeveria
  • Tea Roses
  • Lady slipper aka Slipper plant ( Pedilanthus macrocarpus )
  • Shrimp plant ( Pachystachys lutea lemon sorbet x shrimp )
  • Spiderwort ( Tradescantia )
  • Spider lily ( Amaryllidaceae Hymenocallis )
  • Coconut tree ( Cocos nucifera )
  • Lantana camara ( Verbena )
  • American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  • Tuberose ( Polianthes tuberosa )
  • Hummingbird Bush aka Texas Firecracker ( Hamelia patens )
  • Musical Notes aka Witches Tongue ( Clerodendrum incisum )
  • Soapweed Yucca ( Yucca glauca Nutt. )
  • Turk’s Cap ( Malvaviscus arbores var. drummondii )
  • Mealycup aka mealyblue sage ( Salvia Farinacea )
  • Tigertoothed Aloe ( Minibelle )
  • Purslane
  • Globe amaranth ( Gomphrena globosa )
  • Egyptian star cluster ( Pentas )
  • Cigar plant ( Cuphea ignea )
  • Jamaican Croton ( Codiaeum variegatum )
  • Pineapple ( Ananas comosus )
  • Liriope muscari
  • Blushing Bromeliad ( Neoregelia carolinae )
  • Horsetail Rush ( Equisetaceae )
  • Golden Hawaiian Bamboo ( Bumbusa vulgaris “Vittata” )
  • African Spear ( Sansevieria cylindrica pathula )
  • Asparagus Fern aka Emerald Fern aka Emerald Feather ( Asparagus setaceus/Asparagus plumosus )
  • Aztec Grass ( Ophiopogon intermedius ‘Aztec’ )
  • Crape Myrtle aka Crepe Myrtle ( Lagerstroemia indica )
  • Black Flamingo aka Sunset Bells ( Chrysothemis pulchella )
  • Lily of the Nile ( Agapanthus africanus )
  • Silver dollar gumaka Argyle Apple ( Eucalyptus cinerea )
  • White Veined Dutchman’s Pipe ( Aristolochia fimbriata )
  • Tea Olive Holly aka False Holly ( Osmanthus heterophyllus )
  • Coral Vine ( Antigonon leptopus )
  • Drimiopsis kirkii Giant Squill aka Lily of Valley
  • Black Leaf Elephant Ear Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
  • Passion Flower Vine ( Passiflora caerulea )
  • Hosta ( Plantain lily )
  • Oleander
  • Rosemary ( Rosmarinus officinalis )
  • Grapes
  • Tiger lily ( Lilium ‘red dwarf’ )
  • Little Gem Magnolia Tree ( Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’)
  • Gardenia
  • Tickseed/Lance Leaved Coreopsis ( Coreopsis lanceolata )
  • Alpine Sweetvetch ( Hedysarum alphinum )
  • Texas Paint Brush ( Castilleja indivisa )
  • Crimson Clover aka Italian Clover ( Trifolium incarnatum )
  • Bluebonnets the Texas State Flower ( Lupinus texensis )
  • Japanese Spindle ( Euonymus japonicus )
  • Tree Philodendron aka Split Leaf ( Philodendron bipinnatifidum )
  • Willow vine ( Salix viminalis )
  • Yellow water flag iris ( iris pseudacorus L. )
  • Star Jasmine aka Confederate jasmine ( Trachelospermum jasminoides )
  • Timor Black Bamboo
  • Pineapple Sage ( Lamiaceae Salvia elegans )
  • Australian Tree Fern ( Cyathea australis )
  • Mexican petunia ( Ruellia Brittoniana )
  • Aloe ( disambiguation )
  • Pineapple Mint ( Mentha suaveolens variegata )
  • Yaupon holly ( Ilex vomitoria )
  • Foxtail Fern aka Asparagus Fern ( P. densiflorus cv. Myersii )
  • Tongue Fern ( Asplenium scolopendrium )
  • Wax Myrtle ( Myrica cerifera )
  • Texas Mountain Laural ( Sophora secundiflora )
  • Pitcher Plant ( Sarracenia )
  • Pruning Passion Flower Vine
  • Nuccio’s Gem Camellia ( Camellia japonica )
  • Curly aka Corkscrew Rush ( Juncus decipiens)
  • Sparkler Grass aka minature Umbrella plant ( Cyperus alternifolius gracilis )
  • Snake Plant aka Mother In Law’s Tongue ( Sanservieria trifasciata )
  • Mexican (false ) Heather ( Cuphea hyssopifolia )
  • Windmill Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei )
  • Tomato Seeds
  • Minature (pygmy) Date Palm ( Phoenix roebelenii )
  • Angel’s Trumpet ( Brugmansia )
  • Soldier’s Orchid (Zeuxine strateumatics L. Schlecter )

  • Tips

  • Houston Plants and Droughts
  • Busy, busy
  • Hot weather and your plants
  • When to plant the vegetables in Houston
  • Use ornamental grass in your landscape to help conserve water
  • Coffee grounds as a soil replacement?
  • Do your plant shopping like Jack Bauer catches terrorists
  • The environmentally friendly way to clear the fall leaves from your yard
  • Organic Gardening
  • Invasive plants
  • *&^%$ squirrels
  • Back Yard Ponds
  • Cold Weather – How to protect your plants
  • Pruning Passion Flower Vine
  • It is tomato plant time down here
  • Mulch time
  • Tomato plants and pushing spring
  • Time to prune the roses
  • How to remove a bird from your home
  • Yet another frost! What to do about frost damage
  • Yellowing leaf with green veins
  • Mosquito and Tick remedy
  • Squirrels
  • Worm castings
  • New beds

  • Useful websites

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  • See bees like you’ve never seen bees
  • Wondering about the soil in your new home?
  • Plant classifications and how to use them
  • Gardening for the birds and the bees in the Piney Woods
  • Toxic plants
  • Organic Gardening
  • Climate and weather information