San Antonio Botanical Garden reopening, part 1

May 19, 2020

After a month and a half self-isolating at home, I was craving a garden visit when I got the news that both the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and San Antonio Botanical Garden were opening back up at limited capacity. I immediately went online and secured tickets for the Wildflower Center (click for my recent visit) and SABG, which is honoring reciprocal memberships with other botanical gardens, so I got in for free. Yippee!

It’s only a 1-1/2-hour drive from my house in northwest Austin to San Antonio Botanical Garden, an easy drive that requires no stopping at a public restroom along the way — ha! So last week my Italian exchange student (yes, she’s still here for a couple more weeks) and I hit the road and headed south to the Alamo City for a little garden therapy.

SABG marks its 40th anniversary this month, and the gardens are looking lovely. And summery, with a red-hot color scheme near the entrance slightly tempered by blue salvia.

Cool-red firecracker fern with blue nolina (I think) and golden thryallis — shazam!

‘Bells of Fire’ esperanza hulks over Mickey Mouse-eared spineless prickly pear, firecracker fern, and ‘Brakelights’

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How to Get Rid of Gnats in House

It’s funny — well, not really — how something so tiny can become such a big annoyance. Gnats, flies, no-see-ums, whatever you call them, can easily take over your house, especially if you forget to wipe up a sugary spill, overwater your plants, or let your ripened bananas sit out for one day too many. While they’re unsightly and irritating, these pests actually won’t do any harm. “Their mouth parts aren’t designed to bite,” Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer explains. “There’s not any diseases that actually transmit.”

The problem: If you don’t tackle the problem head-on, gnats can quickly take over your home. Luckily, there are easy and effective ways to stop these winged creatures in their tracks — and prevent them from coming back time and time again. When you catch sight or sound of them, follow this simple guide on how to get rid of gnats.

Identify the pest.

Just because there are teeny-tiny bugs flying around doesn’t necessarily mean they’re gnats. Fruit flies, drain flies, and fungus gnats are three of the most common offenders, so you’ll need to get up close and personal to see what you’re dealing with.

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