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Temps Dropping Again

Ugh. It’s dropping down to 28 again tonight. Make sure your plants are well watered asap today. Time to take back inside any tender plants that are outside. Cover the tender plants that stay outside with frostcloth, burlap, sheets, anything you have, as soon as you can today to help trap heat in. Be sure to anchor the covering to the ground. You can use plastic as covering if you have to, but be sure to take it off asap tomorrow because it transfers a lot of heat once the temps start rising.

The pic is of a container of pansies in my garden during last year’s snow event. Thankfully it’s not supposed to snow tonight.

Cold Pansies

Happy digging in the dirt.

Jeanni and Ziva

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Lichen

I’ve always thought lichen is beautiful. I get lots of questions about why it grows where it does and if it harms what it’s growing on. Here’s a great article that discusses those questions and more.

“Lichens do not harm their substrates, or take nutrients from the trees or shrubs they attach to. Look, but do not disturb them; take a photo, not a sample. Live and let live.”

rhttps://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/realestate/gardening-lichen-fall.html?fbclid=IwAR1LMAfPxnvl-sJzgUWugTcH060kL19XZYjsTvgzOjSR-X3vt2k1s2xuVC4

Happy digging in the dirt! 💚🥀

Jeanni and Ziva
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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