GARDEN VIEW: Hibiscus – southern charm and tropical delight

BY BARBARA STORZAnyone who grew up in the south is likely to remember Althea, also called Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus). It is a...

GARDEN VIEW: Advice to get your garden through the summer

BY BARBARA STORZWith temperatures reaching 100 degrees and beyond, our gardens need a bit of help to get through the summer.>> Make sure you...

McAllen Nature Center, Yoga a perfect pairing

The Adventures of Team Peter Parker — Yoga under the oaksI opened my eyes while I lay under an oak tree to see the...

GARDEN VIEW: Hypertufa planter workshop

BY BARBARA STORZThe Master Gardeners are offering a Hypertufa Planter Workshop Saturday, June 17 at the South Texas Master Gardener Educational Garden in north...

The many forms of baby birds

BY JON BRUSHWhen we think of baby birds, a variety of images may come to mind. Probably the most common image is of two...

Taking part in the Valley tradition of bird watching

MISSION — For my first outdoor adventure, I went bird watching at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.I am taking part in the RGV Family...

GARDEN VIEW: Drink up from flor de jamaica

BY BARBARA STORZHibiscus sabdariffa, also known as Roselle or Flor de Jamaica, is a many-branched shrub that grows well in South Texas. Although native...

GARDEN VIEW: Summer squash — delicious and healthy

BY BARBARA STORZSummer squash are highly nutritious, tasty and very low in calories. Squash are native to the Americas and come in a wide...

GARDEN VIEW: Ground Covers for South Texas

BY BARBARA STORZGround covers are usually plants — less than 18 inches in height — that are vigorous in growth and are planted as...

GARDEN VIEW: Guava – Easy to grow

BY BARBARA STORZGuava, Psidium guajava, is a small subtropical fruit tree native to southern Mexico and Central America. This frost sensitive tree grows well...