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Comment by krin on February 23, 2014 at 8:00am

Considering Texas droughts, the info that one can get from this kickstarter campaign is, in my opinion, WAYY extremely useful information for down here, and worth donating $1 just to get the info: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/permaculture-earth...

Comment by Kay Zone9a/TX on February 10, 2014 at 11:59am

Marlene you may have Spider Lilies which bloom in the fall.  I think they do better in zone8 though.  

Comment by krin on October 8, 2013 at 5:20pm

a big reason for learning to garden WITHOUT the use of herbicides.. there are many techniques out there.  but herbicides can produce disastrous results http://justlabelit.org/superweeds-a-frightening-reality/

Comment by Marlene 9A/TX on September 26, 2013 at 9:28pm

Anyone ever plant surprise lilies down here? i planted some about 2 years ago, all i have ever had is a few inches of foliage and then gone, never a stalk or blooms. i have those few inches right now, but i thought the foliage comes in the spring and then stalks in the fall. what's going on?!

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on September 8, 2013 at 7:50am

My hummer numbers have grown greatly in the last 4 days.  Can't even count them anymore.  I'm sure there are more than a dozen.  They've almost reached the stage where they quite fighting.  I need to get some pics and video soon. 

Comment by Mary Laniewski on September 7, 2013 at 9:25pm

Thanks Chuck, I've never prunned my texas star only when it has stopped flowering. I'm always afraid I might loose a flower..

Comment by chuck goecke on September 7, 2013 at 10:20am

Mary, there is no point to pruning it this late.  Texas Star Hibisucs will die down to the ground in a few months anyway.  All of those hardy hibiscus can be pruned by cutting whole canes to the ground after they've finished their main bloom.  That will stimulate new canes.  This is a similar strategy that also works for cannas, and is a good way to make Vitex and butterfly bush-buddleyia  push out new and more blooms.  Only don't cut them to the ground, just back a couple feet.  And stop after about the end of July.  For your hibiscus, I'd leave those canes up and let them fully harden off.  Hibiscus canes are incredibly strong and lightweight, to use like you would bamboo.

Comment by Mary Laniewski on September 6, 2013 at 9:04pm

To prune or not to prune a Texas Star Hibiscus? It is over 6 ft. tall. I do remove the seed pods but it is getting leggy??

Comment by Mary Laniewski on September 6, 2013 at 8:55pm

Changed out the sugar water today for my humming birds. Put a little bit more sugar in there this time and a male went to it right away. I guess they are getting picky now like my cats about the menu, lol.

Comment by Doris Glowicki on September 6, 2013 at 7:56pm

Hummers in my back yard, at least three.

 

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