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Latest Blog Posts

  • Best Garden Tools for Native Plant Gardeners
    I’m sharing my best garden tools with you in case you don’t already have some of these in your bag. I find myself using these time and time again for weeding, transplanting and digging. These are the most hardworking tools in my garden!
  • Raking Leaves? 5 Reasons to Not Throw Them Out!
    The fall yard chore of raking leaves, or even worse, blowing leaves with a gas powered blower, isn’t all its cracked up to be. I am hearing more and more calls to “leave the leaves”! As I work hard to convert my San Antonio, Texas yard to a pollinator and insect haven, I’m learning about the important role that leaves play at this time of year.
  • 5 Great Reasons to Grow Buttonbush
    The first thing you will notice about Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is its showy blooms. Its ball-shaped flowers that resemble little white pom-poms are beautiful and unique. Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the fragrant flowers are alive with pollinators!