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Wasps

Keep in mind that wasps are pollinators too. They might not be cute like bees and butterflies, but they’re needed in our gardens just as much.

This one was having a grand time in the goldenrod in my flower beds.

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Wasp in my goldenrod.
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Wasp in my goldenrod.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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It’s Pumpkin Time!

Please don’t bleach your pumpkins. When you’re ready to get rid of them you have lots of options: put them in your compost pile, find an area in your garden where the critters can eat them, give them to someone who has as a garden area to put them in, even just chop them up and bury them in your garden where they can decompose and enrich the soil.

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Playing In The Dirt!

Got 40 plants in the ground yesterday: 30 tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica; one Flame Acanthus, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii; three Cigar Plants, Cuphea ignea; two Lemon Ball sedum, Sedum rupestre ; one Globe Amaranth, Gomphrena; and three Coleus. Whew, I’m a bit tired today, to say the least. lol

The new garden beds in the front and south side areas are ready for planting, so that’s where all the new plants went into. I’m still working on the beds in the back and north side areas. Those should be ready for planting in about two weeks.

I have two 1-pound bags of Texas native and wildflower seeds that I’ll be spreading next week. So excited about that! I’ll do a separate post later on what flower types are in the seed mix.

So what are y’all adding to your flower beds??

Happy digging in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Got hummers?

But not sure which ones they are? Here’s an article with good info on which types of hummers visit where in Texas.

I bought Flame Acanthus and Black and Blue Salvia for my hummer visitors. They’re still sitting in the black nursery pots … I’ll do a post on them as soon as I figure out where they’re going in the garden. Now I’m just waiting on my hummer from the other day to come back for a visit and some nectar sipping!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Hummers!!

I had the most wonderful surprise happen this morning! I was sitting on the couch putting together my plan for opening Bella Jardins and creating a landscape design for my yard when this beautiful little hummingbird flew right up to the window and hovered there for a moment. I have no nectar plants in the garden yet, so there’s no reason she should be around here. But I believe she was telling me to hurry up and get her some nectar plants. What an amazing way to start my day.

I wasn’t quick enough grabbing my cell to get a pic of her, but here’s a gorgeous hummer pic courtesy of the interwebs.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Ziva
Beautiful Gardens Begin Here

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Watershed Plant Guide

Asclepias curassavica

This is an awesome publication from the City of Austin and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on what native and adapted plants do well in our central Texas gardens. Extensive info is listed with the ability to choose what area you’re in, what sun/shade your garden has, what type of plants you’re looking for, etc etc etc. Great pics and individual plant info too. Download or bookmark this thing so you’ll have it handy!

http://austintexas.gov/department/grow-green/plant-guide

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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It’s a plague …

of a different kind! Did you know that a group of grackles is called a plague?? Well, it’s true, they are. That’s almost as entertaining as a group of crows being called a murder. Yes, the easy things make me laugh.

Anyway. I love feeding the wild birds. At the moment I have three different birdfeeders in my garden, with plans to add more as the garden progresses. I love watching their antics while they eat. I get all kinds coming to visit during different times of the year: cardinals, titmice, sparrows, blue jays, mockingbirds, painted buntings, redwing blackbirds, robins, hummingbirds, grackles, doves, and more that I don’t know the names of. Really need to get myself a bird book.

This morning a plague of grackles were having a grand ol’ time in the birdfeeder outside my garden room window. They were there long enough for me to get a video of them to share with you.

A plague of grackles in my birdfeeder.

So what birds do you have visiting your garden?

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva

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The Wildflowers Are Coming!

This article from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center talks about how our native Texas wildflowers are still trying to put on a brave appearance even after that horrid winter we just had.

I’ve seen a few different ones in my meadow starting to bloom. I’ll be writing a post on them soon.

Source: 2021 Wildflower Season Still on Track After Winter Storm