Be Aware – Bees are Swarming

Much in the news about bees as pollinators. And while we all enjoy the fruits of bees labor, not many of us want a swarm of them settling in the backyard.    Especially not the Africanized “killer” bees that are a fact of life in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of California.    Read on to learn how to stay safe. Honey Bees are Non-native Bees Even if […]

Wildlife in the Southwest

As I post this, World Wildlife Day was this week = March 3. So let’s talk Southwest wildlife. I confess I have a love / hate relationship with the wildlife in my garden. Yellow Month “Uam Masad” is the Tohono O’odham month that translates as “Yellow Month” since so many yellow desert flowers appear during this time of year.  The O’odham culture puts a positive spin on the hardest month […]

Gardening for the Birds

February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month. To help us all celebrate, I offer these tips for turning your yard into a welcoming space for our fine feathered friends. Link to my YouTube video on Wild Bird Feeding Month. It’s Been A Tough Year The birds are hoping you will celebrate this special National month – because last summer was a tough one, and this winter is not an easy […]

Ants are Awesome – for the Garden

Ants are beneficial for gardens. I agree, they are not so beneficial inside the home. But out in the garden they can be good – even if they are stripping the leaves off your Lady Banks’ rose. Most “Bugs” are Good The buzz is out about bees, and everyone loves to help them – especially in June – National Pollinator Month. Planting flowers for pollinators?  Easy sell! But what about […]