Category Archives: Fruit Plants

Rare For Me: Male And Female Baltimore Oriole

I saw a pair of Baltimore Orioles today!  The last time I saw a Baltimore Oriole in the backyard was back in September of 2011.  I’ll apologize up front by saying these aren’t the best pictures, especially of the female, but I’m still culling through all of the pictures I took this evening trying to […]

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Birds And Mulberry Tree

I bought a yet another new fruit tree last year, a Pakistan Mulberry. It’s a wonderful berry tree, with long, dark red fruit.  Mine produces fruit twice a year.  That doesn’t mean I get to harvest much fruit twice a year as the birds tend to go after the fruit as soon as it has […]

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New Generation Of Monarch Butterflies Begins With Caution

The Monarch Butterflies have all left Mexico and sightings across Texas are becoming common.  It may sound like the “same ol” “same ol” but it’s not.  In my yard I have seen perhaps only 3 Monarch Butterflies.  Journey North and other Monarch Butterfly watchers reported that the population of Butterflies in Mexico this year was […]

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Germinating Seeds From Republic Of Texas Orange Tree

Gardening in Winter is a non-event for many people, but for me, it means it’s the time of year when I get to harvest many of the fruits from my fruit trees.  One of the fruit trees I have is a Republic of Texas Orange tree.  I started picking some oranges in early January, and […]

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First Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Of 2012 Laying Eggs

It must be getting close to Spring as I’m starting to see some Butterflies. For the first time this year, I saw an Eastern Black Swallowtail and she was laying eggs on the Fennel.  We never cook with Fennel, we just let it grow however it wants in our garden.  The result is that we […]

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Giant Swallowtail Getting Nectar From Pink Butterfly Bush

We have several Butterfly Bushes across the yard and they tend to be magnets for Butterflies.  A new visitor for this season was a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly. This Butterfly was so enamored with this particular Butterfly Bush I could barely get a few pictures.  It would visit one section of the plant, then fly to […]

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Leecy’s Lemons From Improved Meyer Lemon Tree

Each year during late November and early December, the Lemons on our Improved Meyer Lemon tree are ripe for the picking.  If you live in the Houston area and are looking for a super easy-to-grow fruit tree, I’d really recommend this one.  Other than providing a little fertilizer, we don’t do anything special for this […]

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Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar On Orange Tree

This Giant Swallowtail Caterpillar has been really growing. Before taking the picture I touched the Caterpillar and it shot out its Osmeterium (two antennae). Shortly after I took this picture I went back so look at it, and it was gone.  Hopefully a wasp didn’t get it.

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Butterfly Status In Early April 2010

I thought I’d provide a little backyard Butterfly update. We haven’t seen any Monarch Butterflies, but we do have 9 Caterpillars from the one Monarch from Mexico.  To give the Caterpillars the best chance of success, I have quarantined them in our Butterfly Enclosure.  I did this to protect the Caterpillars from predatory wasps and […]

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Giant Swallowtail Laying Eggs And Puddling

As I mentioned in a previous post, today was the best day so far this year in terms of Butterfly Watching in our backyard. We saw a Monarch (it never did land on our Milkweed), Gulf Fritillary, and a Giant Swallowtail.  I also noticed that one of Monarch eggs had hatched, and another should hatch […]

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How To Build A Successful Butterfly Garden Videos

I thought I would put together some brief videos on how to create a successful Butterfly Garden for my last day of vacation. There are a total of 5 videos, each one is less than 2 minutes long.  Watching these should give you a decent idea of how to start (or continue) a successful Butterfly […]

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Updated Butterfly Garden

I couldn’t stand it any longer.  Although there is a chance of freezing weather this week, I just had to go buy some new plants.  I’ve been tired of looking in the backyard and seeing nothing but brown. I previously had about 10 milkweed plants (which have been in pots that I take indoors when […]

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Backyard Fruit Crop 2009

For those of you who aren’t in Houston, you may not believe it but we actually had snow today!  Yes snow!  Almost 3-4 inches in some locations.  Only about 1/4 inch stayed on the ground in our location.  Because of the snow, we decided it would be a good time to pick all of our […]

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