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Wildflower Seminar Recap: Plant Wildflowers in Fall!

On Wednesday I got to sit in on another great Rainbow Gardens seminar and decided to offer you all a little recap. Today's seminar was on planting wildflowers in San Antonio. Laura Jarvis walked attendees through the steps needed to successfully sow wildflower seeds....

Urban Pollinator Gardens: Why Are They Important?

Urban pollinator gardens are a way to help build local ecosystems and support the biodiversity that is abundantly found within them. By definition, ecosystems are geographical areas where organisms (both living and nonliving) work together to create a communicable,...

New Gold™ Lantana: An Easy Perennial for the Pollinators

Sometimes I feel that lantana gets a bad rap at the nurseries. Customers will come in asking for perennial, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance plants for their landscapes but then say, “but nothing boring like lantana”. What?! Here is a plant that...

Profuse Blooms on Profusion Zinnia

You know how at the end of summer, plants look a little peaked and you are craving some color in your landscape but the weather is still too warm for cool weather annuals to really live comfortably? Enter the solution. Profusion zinnia is a great choice for...

Duranta: A Feast for the Butterflies and Hummingbirds

More and more people are learning about Duranta being an amazing pollinator plant for butterflies and hummingbirds and I couldn't be more thrilled. If you've never heard of this plant, or seen it in action, you are in for a treat today. I'm taking you on a...

Mystic Spires Salvia: A Great Pollinator Plant for San Antonio

Mystic Spires Salvia is a fabulous butterfly and bee attracting plant to include in your pollinator gardens. The sheer number of blooms that this salvia puts out sends the pollinators into a dizzy frenzy as they visit each and every  flower. Take a look at some...

Pollinator Garden Tried and True Butterfly Picks

Butterfly and pollinator gardens are hot topics, especially since we are on the cusp of the fall pollinator migration about to soar through San Antonio. Today I wanted to highlight a few of the amazing plants that live in our butterfly garden at our Bandera location....

Water Conservation Tools and Tips

Water conservation is no joke here in San Antonio, Texas. It’s feast or famine in our neck of the woods. Conserving water might not be on our minds when we have a spring that is so wet and cloudy we struggle to get our tomatoes to blossom and fruit. On the other hand,...

Planting Milkweed for Butterflies: The Dos and Don’ts

If you want monarch butterflies to visit your garden this fall and spring, planting milkweed in your landscape is a must! Not only is milkweed a great nectar source for thirsty pollinators, it is also THE ONLY host plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs upon....

Troubleshooting Plants: Help Us, Help You

Do you remember the scene in Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise is begging Cuba Gooding Jr. to "Help ME, help you. HELP me, help you! Help me, help YOU!"? It's a pretty memorable scene and it portrays how I feel sometimes when I get the privilege of answering some of your...

Gorgeous Flowers that Laugh at Summer Heat

This year we have been blessed with extra rain during summer, but most of us remember how dry and hot it normally is this time of year. It's a given that our dry, hot, summers are bound to return. If you're tired of flowers fading with the onset of heat, you are not...

Rain Can Bring on Pests and Disease

Rain is generally a welcome sight here in San Antonio, but sometimes we get too much of a good thing. In our city, it seems like it's feast or famine when it comes to those precious drops of water. This timely, but short, blog is a reminder of what to look out for in...

Weather and Pests Series: Chinch bugs, spider mites, lace bugs

Our weather in San Antonio sure does change quickly. A few weeks ago we were inundated with rain; this week the sun is shining bright and dialing up the heat! As promised, here is our second installment in our series on pests and weather. We’re switching gears from...

Weather and Pest Series: Slugs and Snails

Weather has a big impact on what pest issues you may experience in your landscape. Extended periods of rain for instance, can bring out the snails and slugs at levels some may consider apocalyptic; hosta lovers, am I right? On the other hand, when the skies dry up and...

Powdery Mildew: There’s a Fungus Among Us

While most of us appreciate free water, a.k.a. rain, we also frown when a fungus arrives due to the cloudy days that accompany it, and having too much of a good thing! When we experience heavy periods of rain, plus humidity and lots of cloudy days, fungus issues are...

Solarization: Use the Sun to Battle Soil Disease

Have you had problems with soil disease in your vegetable gardens? Have you spent more time pulling weeds in the soil than you have pulling veggies off the vine? For some of you out there, battling issues with your soil can sure take the fun out of gardening real...

Early Leaf Blight: A Quick-Spreading Disease on Tomatoes

Early leaf blight can quickly turn the dream of growing a tomato plant into a nightmare. One day you are enjoying the progress in the growth of your tomato plant and the next you are watching it being taken over by this gnarly disease. Early detection is key to this...

Herbs: Plant an Herb to Eat and to Give a Treat!

Herbs are a must for any type of gardener! Whether you prefer container gardening, veggie gardening, landscape gardening, or even indoor gardening, herbs can be included in all of these and are sure to enhance them as well. As a matter of fact, you might find yourself...

Cankerworms: A Temporary Spring Nuisance

Has anyone else recently found themselves going outside alone only to come back in with multiple "visitors" attached to their hair, clothing, or anything else that comes in contact with the multitudes of cankerworms dangling from silken threads in our trees?...

Deer Resistant Plants, NOT Deer Proof!

There is no such thing as a "deer-proof" plant. There, I said it. It's a tough pill to swallow, but unless you are interested in plastic plants or plants made from fabric, you will be hard-pressed to find a true "deer-proof" plant. However, there is no reason to lose...
Water Conservation Tools and Tips

Water Conservation Tools and Tips

Water conservation is no joke here in San Antonio, Texas. It’s feast or famine in our neck of the woods. Conserving water might not be on our minds when we have a spring that is so wet and cloudy we struggle to get our tomatoes to blossom and fruit. On the other hand,...

read more
Troubleshooting Plants: Help Us, Help You

Troubleshooting Plants: Help Us, Help You

Do you remember the scene in Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise is begging Cuba Gooding Jr. to "Help ME, help you. HELP me, help you! Help me, help YOU!"? It's a pretty memorable scene and it portrays how I feel sometimes when I get the privilege of answering some of your...

read more
Rain Can Bring on Pests and Disease

Rain Can Bring on Pests and Disease

Rain is generally a welcome sight here in San Antonio, but sometimes we get too much of a good thing. In our city, it seems like it's feast or famine when it comes to those precious drops of water. This timely, but short, blog is a reminder of what to look out for in...

read more
Weather and Pest Series: Slugs and Snails

Weather and Pest Series: Slugs and Snails

Weather has a big impact on what pest issues you may experience in your landscape. Extended periods of rain for instance, can bring out the snails and slugs at levels some may consider apocalyptic; hosta lovers, am I right? On the other hand, when the skies dry up and...

read more
Powdery Mildew: There’s a Fungus Among Us

Powdery Mildew: There’s a Fungus Among Us

While most of us appreciate free water, a.k.a. rain, we also frown when a fungus arrives due to the cloudy days that accompany it, and having too much of a good thing! When we experience heavy periods of rain, plus humidity and lots of cloudy days, fungus issues are...

read more
Solarization: Use the Sun to Battle Soil Disease

Solarization: Use the Sun to Battle Soil Disease

Have you had problems with soil disease in your vegetable gardens? Have you spent more time pulling weeds in the soil than you have pulling veggies off the vine? For some of you out there, battling issues with your soil can sure take the fun out of gardening real...

read more
Early Leaf Blight: A Quick-Spreading Disease on Tomatoes

Early Leaf Blight: A Quick-Spreading Disease on Tomatoes

Early leaf blight can quickly turn the dream of growing a tomato plant into a nightmare. One day you are enjoying the progress in the growth of your tomato plant and the next you are watching it being taken over by this gnarly disease. Early detection is key to this...

read more
Cankerworms: A Temporary Spring Nuisance

Cankerworms: A Temporary Spring Nuisance

Has anyone else recently found themselves going outside alone only to come back in with multiple "visitors" attached to their hair, clothing, or anything else that comes in contact with the multitudes of cankerworms dangling from silken threads in our trees?...

read more

Pests & Diseases

Wildflower Seminar Recap: Plant Wildflowers in Fall!

Wildflower Seminar Recap: Plant Wildflowers in Fall!

On Wednesday I got to sit in on another great Rainbow Gardens seminar and decided to offer you all a little recap. Today's seminar was on planting wildflowers in San Antonio. Laura Jarvis walked attendees through the steps needed to successfully sow wildflower seeds....

read more
Urban Pollinator Gardens: Why Are They Important?

Urban Pollinator Gardens: Why Are They Important?

Urban pollinator gardens are a way to help build local ecosystems and support the biodiversity that is abundantly found within them. By definition, ecosystems are geographical areas where organisms (both living and nonliving) work together to create a communicable,...

read more
New Gold™ Lantana: An Easy Perennial for the Pollinators

New Gold™ Lantana: An Easy Perennial for the Pollinators

Sometimes I feel that lantana gets a bad rap at the nurseries. Customers will come in asking for perennial, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance plants for their landscapes but then say, “but nothing boring like lantana”. What?! Here is a plant that...

read more
Profuse Blooms on Profusion Zinnia

Profuse Blooms on Profusion Zinnia

You know how at the end of summer, plants look a little peaked and you are craving some color in your landscape but the weather is still too warm for cool weather annuals to really live comfortably? Enter the solution. Profusion zinnia is a great choice for...

read more
Duranta: A Feast for the Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Duranta: A Feast for the Butterflies and Hummingbirds

More and more people are learning about Duranta being an amazing pollinator plant for butterflies and hummingbirds and I couldn't be more thrilled. If you've never heard of this plant, or seen it in action, you are in for a treat today. I'm taking you on a...

read more
Pollinator Garden Tried and True Butterfly Picks

Pollinator Garden Tried and True Butterfly Picks

Butterfly and pollinator gardens are hot topics, especially since we are on the cusp of the fall pollinator migration about to soar through San Antonio. Today I wanted to highlight a few of the amazing plants that live in our butterfly garden at our Bandera location....

read more
Planting Milkweed for Butterflies: The Dos and Don’ts

Planting Milkweed for Butterflies: The Dos and Don’ts

If you want monarch butterflies to visit your garden this fall and spring, planting milkweed in your landscape is a must! Not only is milkweed a great nectar source for thirsty pollinators, it is also THE ONLY host plant that monarch butterflies lay their eggs upon....

read more
Gorgeous Flowers that Laugh at Summer Heat

Gorgeous Flowers that Laugh at Summer Heat

This year we have been blessed with extra rain during summer, but most of us remember how dry and hot it normally is this time of year. It's a given that our dry, hot, summers are bound to return. If you're tired of flowers fading with the onset of heat, you are not...

read more

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