Hummers of Summer

Summertime is hummer time! Flowers are blooming and hummingbirds are zipping around, collecting nectar and a few insects while they are at it. Last week I mentioned that they need more than just sugar-water feeders. (Gardening for the Birds – here) This week, let’s look at how to fill your landscape with happy healthy hummingbirds! What Hummingbirds Need Every living thing on earth needs food, water, and a place to live. Hummingbirds will need shelter along with their food. Plus they can often be seen basking in a fountain – […]

Gardening For Birds in the Southwest

Birds are such quick moving creatures – with bright eyes that watch the world around them – searching for the next morsel or tidbit while scanning their surroundings for enemies. Bird watching can be fun – even if you never do learn the species and keep an official “life list.” And it is very easy to attract birds to your Southwest yard with these ten simple tips. Attract Birds to Your Yard What do Southwestern birds need? Same as every living thing on earth needs! Food, water, and a place […]

Lovely Leucophyllum – the Snapdragon Shrubs

Gardening in the Southwest is unique in many ways, and tops on the list are plants you don’t find anywhere else on earth. Leucophyllum , a shrubby member of the Snapdragon Family is one of these unique species.   Lovely Leucophyllum There are more common names for Leucophyllum than you can shake a stick at. Some of the more common common names are: rain sage, Texas sage, Texas rain sage, Texas ranger, Chihuahuan rain sage, blue ranger, cenizo, Texas silverleaf, barometer bush, ash-bush, wild lilac, purple sage, senisa, cenicilla, palo […]