Moonglow mangave and indicators of summer time’s finish

September 07, 2021

‘Moonglow’ mangave

I’m a bit of infatuated with mangaves, these succulent-leaved hybrids of agaves and manfredas. I’ve been rising a pair hardy mangaves (hardy most winters in our zone 8b) for years as focal factors in protected beds or containers. My hardy faves are ‘Macho Mocha’ and its variegated counterpart, ‘Espresso’. I additionally like petite ‘Bloodspot’ mangave, which I develop in pots that I shield throughout freezes.

I’d be a mangave collector if I lived in a frost-free local weather or had a greenhouse to stash them in winter. However I normally simply strive a brand new one yearly or so, in a container I omit all yr, till a tough freeze will get it. ‘Pineapple Specific’ lasted a couple of years, often dying again to the roots however coming again rapidly. Final yr I grew ‘Spotty Dotty’, and it made all of it winter till the epic February freeze.

Now I’m rising a brand new one, ‘Moonglow’, which can be my favourite but. Simply have a look at these elegant, slim, starburst leaves splotched with eggplant purple and seafoam inexperienced! Stunning. I’m rising it in a blue pot in a partly shady mattress with Philippine violet

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Migrating kites roosting within the backyard on their technique to South America

August 31, 2021

Austin’s Kite Competition, held yearly in March, ought to maybe be moved to August. Why? Proper now large flocks of Mississippi kites are passing by means of Austin on the best way to their wintering grounds in South America.

In all seriousness, although, the sight of fifty to 75 kites swirling final night by means of our yard and roosting within the tops of the reside oaks awed me. It was fortunate we noticed them. My husband and I have been sitting on the sofa, dealing with the glass doorways overlooking the deck. Motion exterior caught our consideration on the identical time, and we stood as much as see what was taking place. Dozens and dozens of huge, dark-winged birds have been circling over the deck and swimming pool. Fully silent. As we watched, they settled into the bushes to relaxation.

Are these…? we turned to one another to ask. For the previous a number of weeks we’ve noticed raptors with pointed wings hovering on thermals excessive above our pool, and sometimes swooping all the way down to treetop degree to select off a big dragonfly (these often circle above the pool too). We thought they could

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7 Recent Concepts for Bringing Nature Into Your Dwelling

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After loads of time staying inside, nature’s name may appear significantly loud proper about now. And there are lots of methods to reply it with out committing to, say, a weekend tenting journey if that’s not your kind of factor. With a couple of straightforward tweaks, you may expertise the good outside from the consolation of your individual residence—even in the event you don’t have a lot of a yard or perhaps a single blade of grass to talk of.

From inventive methods to flex your inexperienced thumb to going wild with flowers, listed here are some outside-the-box methods to deliver the outside in.

1. Let your backyard develop.

You don’t want a devoted outside house to place down roots. An indoor herb backyard—stocked with basil, parsley, thyme, chives, and different recipe staples—solely wants about six hours of daylight a day. And with a slew of easy-to-follow kits available on the market, even rookies can flip over a brand new leaf with little effort.

2. Stimulate your senses.

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Okay, you may not be capable to fulfill your wanderlust as a lot lately with a visit to the ocean, the tropics of South

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6 Steps to Getting a Wildflower Backyard Rising

There are few higher methods to attach with nature regularly than by rising a backyard in your individual yard. And wildflowers like black-eyed Susans, wild bergamot and butterfly weeds are the right means for gardening newbies to get their begin: not solely do they regrow every year with comparatively little upkeep, however even only one sq. foot can help your native ecosystem, offering meals for pollinators like bumblebees, butterflies, and songbirds.

Plus, each little bit helps—shockingly, we lose increasingly more acres of grasslands and native wildflowers yearly. And that is dangerous information for every kind of wildlife.

The U.S. Nice Plains area alone has misplaced 33 million acres of those habitats since 2009 (equal to half the scale of Colorado!).

Conservationists and even corporations like Air Wick are serving to with the trigger too. They’ve teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to reseed one billion sq. ft of wildflowers and grasslands throughout the U.S. over the following three years. Wish to do your half? Listed below are the steps to take (and the instruments you’ll want) to get planting.

1. Prep your house.

          Wildflowers don’t want a lot to thrive, however they do like quite a lot of daylight.

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