Walks can be more enjoyable if you have a destination. Here are two. On the west side of the river, just north of Caesar Chavez Blvd. toward town, is a Texas Naturalist Wildscape Demonstration Garden. It has been there awhile, but with the good weather we’ve had, it is looking very good. It contains many native and adaptive plants that do well in San Antonio and South Texas. Many have tags giving the plant name and its growing habits. Take paper and pen because you may see something you want to add to your garden. The second destination is at 310 E. Arsenal between City St. and S. Main Ave. The home is a new addition to the neighborhood and the front garden is signed as a “Pollinator Habitat.” Here also the plants are native and drought tolerant with the added benefit of attracting visitors such as bees and hummingbirds.
Have you gotten frustrated when that gasoline lawnmower will not start and then you have to pay a king’s ransom to get it going again? Get rid of it and get an efficient pollution-free electric mower. In the latest bill from CPS Energy there was an insert showing you can receive a rebate worth $60 on your bill for purchasing electric powered lawn equipment. Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2016. For details call (210) 353-2551 or go to cpsenergy.com. I have been using electric mowers for over 20 years, and if you are mechanically challenged as I am, it is great to just plug into an electric outlet, flip the switch and go. A standard 100-foot cord is more than adequate for most lawns.
Garden Tip: Do not forget to feed the birds. As I have said before, a bird feeder and birdbath will attract birds to your garden, and besides the seeds you put in the feeder, the birds also eat many insects that can harm those favorite plants. Sunflower seeds, available at feed and most food stores, attract a variety of our feathered friends.
From Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations: When in doubt, tell the truth.
Garden Note: Its spring! We got so excited we wet our plants