Tucker Hill News

Spiders are not Insects!

October 29, 2013

Let’s just get that straight from the get go. Not that there is anything wrong with insects. All spiders, except the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse, are highly beneficial because they feed on troublesome insects like mosquitos, aphids and grasshoppers. Perceived discomfort spiders might cause (except the two exceptions mentioned!) is outweighed by the

What a Flower Lady Sees in Tokyo…

October 27, 2013

Green roofs everywhere. Green roofs have intrigued me for a number of years. Since 2001, Tokyo has been expanding the use of roof tops and wall spaces for planting. Guaranto Matsu, “Grants Pine,” that isn’t a pine at all. After president Grant served his second term, he made a diplomatic world tour. During this 1879

Inspiration and Life Lessons from “Leaves of Three…”

October 7, 2013

I was out on a nature trail, with a friend and former co-worker fairly recently, talking about native and naturalized plants.  She pointed to a plant by my foot and asked in a slightly worrisome voice if it was poison ivy.  I told her I was not one hundred percent certain, but if a plant

The Wonder of Daylilies

August 29, 2013

The Tucker Hill Garden Club met recently to hear Tim Thompson speak about the wonder of growing daylilies, or Hemerocallis. It was a pleasure to listen to Mr. Thompson speak with such delight about what he does. He has invited us to visit his daylily fields in May and June, when it is a sea

Keeping Shrubs Healthy in Summer Heat!

August 15, 2013

Here are three simple steps to help keep your shrubs healthy in this extreme summer heat. 1.) PRUNE: Dead and dying foliage generates additional heat and takes nutrients from the plant and moisture from the soil. 2.) H2O: Do not let plants dry out. A steady supply of water keeps the soil moist (not soaking)

From Cockleburs to Velcro

July 24, 2013

Hats off to George de Mestral for looking so closely at the hooks and loops of the Xanthium (or one of its relatives!) and being inspired to make a fastener that rivals the zipper.  You never know what you are going to learn from a gardener, but you always know it is going to be

What’s Blooming at Tucker Hill Today? Welcoming Porches!

July 8, 2013

rom the main entrance of the community to the front porches of the residents, you are welcomed with blooming plants in containers of all shapes and sizes. From the humble 12 inch pots that line steps leading to a wrap-around porch, to the terra cotta containers at the pool that a family of four could

Understanding McKinney’s Landscape Watering Plan

June 16, 2013

Summer is in full swing and so is the time to be responsible when watering our landscapes.  Beginning June 1, 2013, the City of McKinney implemented the following guidelines:   Landscape watering with an irrigation system is allowed one day a week if needed, and not between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You can water on your

What’s Blooming at Tucker Hill

June 4, 2013

Preparations for “Courtyards, Concerts and Cars” are almost done.  The six gardens on this inaugural tour are all wonderful. Residents have taken their courtyard spaces from very nice to spectacular in the past few weeks.  All their hard work is so appreciated.  I hope the turn out on Saturday makes it worth their while.  I

The Tucker Hill Community Garden Today

April 18, 2013

It is my pleasure to report the plants at the community garden are looking good today. Threat of a possible overnight freeze brought out the cotton sheets and burlap! Well played plotters. Well played. A thin cotton sheet is the perfect thing to use to protect tender spring plantings from a frost.  It is enough

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