There is a very informative website about native and adaptive plants for South Texas.  Plants are listed alphabetically with pictures and growing characteristics.  Go to, then click on Watershed Plant Guide.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  

With over five inches of rain over the last weeks of October and into November, flowerbeds and lawns have not needed much supplemental watering.  If you have an automatic sprinkler system it would be prudent to set it on manual to conserve water.  

You may have noticed a profusion of small white flowers in many yards that seemed to appear almost overnight after the heavy rains at the end of October.  These are appropriately called rain lilies and are really one of the wonders of nature.  

A reminder that during fall and winter, natural food sources for birds can be limited.  Put out feeders and birdbaths to help them get through to springtime.  Put them where they can be seen from a window.  Bird watching is fun and more comfortable from the inside when it is cold outside. 

More of The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain: A Book of Quotations: “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”  

We have come full circle again and have reached the end of another year.  I appreciate your compliments and have enjoyed giving plant advice.  Hope it was helpful! I wish you all a Happy Holiday season and much joy in 2016.

- Alan Cash

Garden Note: Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.