Garden View: Getting your potted poinsettia to bloom again

BY LORI MURRAY SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR What can you do with your poinsettias when the holidays are over? Fortunately, those of us who live in the...

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...

Creatures of the night

BY JOHN BRUSHStatement of the obvious incoming: humans are diurnal animals. Sure, we often stay up late (some of us consider ourselves “night owls”),...

Spectacular tropical Lluvia De Oro shines in landscapes

BY ANITA WESTERVELTAs June makes way for July, one of the world’s showiest trees speckles the South Texas landscape with bracts of cascading canary-yellow...

Garden View: Planting veggies, flowers and trees

The intermittent rain has been a welcome relief from those triple digit temperatures. The humidity is sky high, but hopefully the temperature will continue...

Two-day ag conference coming to McAllen

BY BARBARA STORZThe Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference will be held Sept. 14 and 15 at Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel, 101 N....

Garden View: Root Beer Plant medicinal uses date back to Aztec times

SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR The root beer plant or hoja santa, in Spanish, is an aromatic herb used in Mexican cuisine and herbal medicine. It’s...

Alamo runner hits the trails with furry companion

BY AMANDA A. TAYLOROn a typical weekday morning Leonel Alvarado can expect a prompt wakeup call at 5 a.m. Instead of using a traditional...

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: 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...