Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Agave in Bloom

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Water Saving Gardening





The Agave and it's dramatic bloom


Water saving agave and blooming yucca



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Grassroots Horticulture
2006-2017
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Prairie

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A utility easement, TRAIL, and wildlife habitat


A meadow or prairie is populated with grasses and shrubby plants.
The etymology of the word "prairie" is French from Latin and the english equivalent is meadow.

Horse Nettle, Solanum 

Grasses and Forbs Growing in the Texas Blackland  Prairie

The horse nettles are members of the nightshade family.  A distinguishing characteristic of all horse nettles are prominent, bright yellow stamens. Confused with horse nettle sometimes, are purple ground-cherry (Quincula lobata). It is a purple flowered Nightshade member and very similar in appearance.


Horse Nettle flower



Horse Nettle fruit



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Texas Blackland Prairie (area 32 on the map)



 A member of the Gentian family


Purple Prairie Verbena






Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)




Sneezeweed





Pincushion Flower


















Texas frogfruit




Indian Paintbrush

Bluebonnet



Preserved Prairie Locations by County in Texas
Bowie County Mary Talbot Prairie
Collin County Peters Prairie
Falls County Drews Prairie
Falls County Lehmann Prairie
Falls County Mezynski Prairie
Falls County Nelson L. Wieting Prairie
Falls County Riesel Prairie
Franklin County Daphne Prairie
Harris County Deer Park Prairie
Hunt County Clymer Meadows
Lee County Tanglewood Prairie
McLennan County Simpson Prairie
Mitchell County Maddin Prairie Preserve
San Jacinto County Russell Grasslands and Forest Preserves
Wood County Edmoore Creek












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2006-2017
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Refreshing Summer Propagation | DIY

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Gardening with Herbs





Propagate herbs  and enjoy the scent

Pinch off a few sprigs of  basil, mint, or lemon verbena. Place the sprigs in a canning jar or get fancy with a hollow stem goblet and add water. The roots should form within two weeks if you change the water often. 


If placed in a window with a southern exposure your room  will smell awesome. 


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American Pokeweed

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 Woodland Gardening

American pokeweed, (Phytolacca americana), is a herbaceous perennial plant. It belongs to the pokeweed family Phytolaccaceae growing up to 8 feet (2 meters, 4 feet in my woodland garden), in height. It is native to the eastern United States. Many people consider it a weed. I remove all the new seedlings I find, but 2-3 grow in a far corner of my yard, behind a lattice privacy barrier.  Birds eat the berries but they are toxic to mammals.


American pokeweed berries (Phytolacca americana)



American pokeweed flowers(Phytolacca americana)




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2006-2017
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Eggplant

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Gardening | Eggplants


Growing eggplants can be a very rewarding experience especially if you are a big fan of Italian cuisine.  This year we are growing, Millionaire, a Japanese style eggplant and Fairy tale eggplant, a miniature eggplant. Both prefer a hot, sunny location.


Eggplant Millionaire (Solanum melongena var. esculentum)


Eggplant is a brilliant culinary thrill for summertime. It is a relative of potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, otherwise known as nightshades. The most popular dish, eggplant Parmesan is a staple menu item in Italian cuisine. The origin of the dish is claimed by both the Southern regions of Campania and Sicily


Eggplant Millionaire (Solanum melongena var. esculentum) flower




Eggplant Parmesan
Make eggplant parmesan instead of lasagna to skip the unnecessary carbs and still enjoy all the cheesy goodness.

Ingredients:

2 large
Eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tbsp
2 cups
¼ cup
2 (1 lb.)


Filling:
½ cup
¼ cup
½ tsp.
1 ½  tsp.
¼ tsp.
1 (15-oz)
1 large

Final:
1 (24-oz)
¼ tsp.
8 oz.
¾ cup
Water
Whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
Grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Eggplants, peeled and cut crosswise into ¼ - ½-inch-thick slices
Cooking spray

Torn fresh basil
Grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Crushed red pepper
Minced garlic
Salt
Container part-skim ricotta cheese
Egg, lightly beaten


Jar pasta sauce
Salt (optional)
Thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
Finely grated fontina cheese

Directions:

1.      Preheat oven to 375°
2.       To make eggplant, combine 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon water in a shallow dish. Combine panko and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano in a second shallow dish. Dip eggplant in egg mixture; dredge in panko mixture, pressing gently to adhere and shaking off excess. Place eggplant 1 inch apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden, turning once and rotating baking sheets after 15 minutes. To make filling, combine basil and next 6 ingredients (through egg).
3.      To assemble, spoon 1/2 cup pasta sauce in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer half of eggplant slices over pasta sauce. Sprinkle eggplant with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Top with about 3/4 cup pasta sauce; spread half of ricotta mixture over sauce, and top with a third of mozzarella and 1/4 cup fontina. Repeat layers once, ending with about 1 cup pasta sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Remove foil; top with remaining third of mozzarella and 1/4 cup fontina. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese melts; cool 10 minutes.




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Friday, June 9, 2017

June's Bugs

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Here are a few photographs of insects active in my garden just after the rain. 

After two days of rain, several insects have been spotted.  The (leaf-legged bug?) in the nymph stage, on a zinnia.

                                                

                                                  It's hard to find the insect on the borage.




Dragonfly 


                                           
Marigold with a small spider 



White Moth 



Not literally an insect because he has eight legs


The bees have been busy since the daylilies started their show.


Asparagus forms green berries.
On one of the asparagus berries a stink bug is refueling.


Green Shield Bug on iris
















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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Butterflies in Texas

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Butterflies and what they like

Butterflies


American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)
American Snout (Libytheana carinenta)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)
Broad-winged Skipper (Poanes viator)
Carolina Satyr (Hermeuptychia sosybius)
Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus)
Clouded Skipper (Lerema accius)
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae)
Cobweb Skipper (Hesperia metea)
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
Common Mestra (Mestra amymone)
Common Sootywing (Pholisora catullus)
Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole)
Delaware Skipper (Anatrytone logan)
Dotted Skipper (Hesperia attalus)
Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestris)
Dusky-blue Groundstreak (Calycopis isobeon)
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
Eastern Tailed-Blue (Cupido comyntas)
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Falcate Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Funereal Duskywing (Erynnis funeralis)
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes)
Goatweed Leafwing (Anaea andria)
Gorgone Checkerspot (Chlosyne gorgone)
Graphic Crescent (Phyciodes graphica)
Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae)
Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis)
Hayhurst's Scallopwing (Staphylus hayhurstii)
Henry's Elfin (Callophrys henrici)
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius)
Juniper Hairstreak (Callophrys gryneus)
Juvenal's Duskywing (Erynnis juvenalis)
Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe)
Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)
Little Yellow (Pyrisitia lisa)
Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Morning-glory Prominent (Schizura ipomoeae)
Northern Cloudywing (Thorybes pylades)
Northern Sicklewing (Eantis tamenund)
Orange Skipperling (Copaeodes aurantiaca)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)
Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon)
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
Reakirt's Blue (Echinargus isola)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)
Sachem (Atalopedes campestris)
Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis)
Sleepy Orange (Abaeis nicippe)
Southern Broken-Dash (Wallengrenia otho)
Southern Cloudywing (Thorybes bathyllus)
Southern Dogface (Zerene cesonia)
Southern Hairstreak (Satyrium favonius)
Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)
Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
Texan Crescent (Anthanassa texana)
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia)

Caterpillar  Plants

Althea
Asclepias (milkweed)
Blue Bonnets
Clover
Catalpa
Dill
Esperanza
Fennel
Hackberry
Holly
Ironwood
Lantana
Mallow
Mullein
Oak
Parsley
Passionvine
Pipevine
Redbud
Snapdragon Vine
Sumac
Sunflower
St. Augustine
Texas Persimmon
Thistle
Wax Myrtle
Willow
Wooly Croton


Nectar Plants

Aster
Butterfly Bush
Clover
Echinacea
Goldenrod
Lantana
Marigold
Milkweed
Thistle
Verbena
Vetch





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Grassroots Horticulture
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