Berried in Birds

Berried in Birds

Many amateur birdwatchers think that birds only eat seed. They don’t. Birds can be divided up into two groups; those that eat seeds and those that eat insects. Most are familiar with seed eaters like blue jays, cardinals, doves, and goldfinches. But many others like...
Giving Thanks for Gardens

Giving Thanks for Gardens

I’ll be honest. Growing something to eat in Texas isn’t easy. It’s often too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. We alternate from arctic blasts to Mexican heat waves. In addition to regular severe droughts like this past summer, Texas holds the record for the wettest...
Setting up for a Fall

Setting up for a Fall

Our hot dry summer was known for the color brown. But as the days get cooler and shorter, deciduous trees like baldcypress, blackgum, Chinese pistache, crapemyrtle, dogwood, ginkgo, hickories, maples, oaks, pears, sassafras, sumacs, and sweetgum put on an autumn show...
No Mow Butterflies

No Mow Butterflies

Houston (and all of the rest of you as well), we have a problem…actually a number of them. As you probably know, I’ve given several thousand lectures across the state in my career. However, as a seventh-generation Texan and butterfly lover, I’m very surprised that so...
The Shade Garden

The Shade Garden

When Vance Burks moved to East Texas in 1946, he quickly uncovered a secret in the sandy, acidic soil. Originally from Shreveport, this green thumb discovered that what sat beneath his feet was perfect for one of his favorite shrubs. By the next spring, he had spread...