About me

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ve gardened in Austin, Texas (zone 8b) since 1985.  I garden with low maintenance, native and well-adapted non-native plants to conserve water and reduce workload.  I also choose plants which feed and protect wildlife.   My garden is a certified Monarch Waystation and a Wildlife Habitat.

I worked for a time at Zilker Botanical Gardens here in Austin and have volunteered for many gardening projects.  I completed the Travis County Master Gardener program long ago–which was a good start–and have continued my plant and wildlife leaning by reading and experiencing wildlife and native plants gardening here in Central Texas.

I blog about my garden adventures at http://www.mygardenersays.com.

I love blooming things and the critters they attract.

Tina Huckabee

18 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello,
    Amelia and I (Brian) are neighbors of yours on Thrushwood. I met Pam, the (Cactus towers) on a recent bike ride and she mentioned your blog. I have a worm farm that we operate here at our house and love the bounty our friends bring. I look forward to meeting you soon.


  2. Hello, Tina! I live in Boerne and have just dug holes in the yard (next to our picket fence) for the two red coral vines I bought yesterday. Watered the holes to check for drainage and then thought I’d best check a South Texas gardener website for particulars on this plant. Your notes are very helpful. I plan on giving the plants a shot of SuperThrive before covering up the roots and then covering the area with mulch for frost/freeze protection. I’m looking forward to next summer’s blooms on this lovely plant. Do you have any other information that you might want to pass on with regard to care of coral vine?


      • No worries. All that “awaiting moderation” means is that you’re a new commenter and WordPress notifies me directly, in case you’re spam and they didn’t catch it. Your comment wasn’t too long at all.


    • Hi Ann, thanks for dropping by. Coral vine is pretty easy so I don’t think you’ll have much trouble with it. Make sure to loosen the roots before planting and cover them completely before watering with the Super Thrive. I’ve not used that product, but it’s probably best to water/fertilized once the plants are in the ground. Coral Vine grows quickly, so if it’s in full sun, you should have some growth by next year, but don’t be disappointed if it takes a couple of years to mature. Enjoy!!


  3. Tina, I just found your blog after searching for information on Gulf Muhly (the pink) growing in central Texas. My question concerns late winter/early spring trimming. A Texas A&M site suggested NOT trimming it back as the growth rate is so slow. It said to rake old leaves out but “do not cut back the plant, as rejuvenating growth is slow.” I thought virtually all ornamental grasses benefitted from an early spring trim. What has been your experience? I grew up in Austin, became a Master Gardener in Denver and now live in Waco. The Muhly grass we planted last spring (in amended soil) has thrived and we had pink seed heads the first year. Now the plants are mature and I don’t want to set them back. Thanks for any help, I like your blog and hope you keep it up.


    • Thank you Candace! I haven’t been good about keeping up with the blog, but thanks so much for reading–I’m glad someone is reading it! As to the Muhly, I’ve always cut mine back, but you might want to leave them. Given that we’re in a drought, it will make life for the plants easier if you just rake the leaves. I think I will leave mine alone this year just for that reason. I didn’t prune back a Big Muhly last year and it did just fine, so I’m leaving my others alone this year. Good luck and let me know next year how they performed–I love that plant.


  4. Tina – I love your blog but don’t see a way to get your posts delivered to my email inbox. Am I missing something (besides your posts – I can’t seem to get organized to check your site regularly enough!)?


  5. Hi Tina:

    I was searching “pink turk’s cap” and found your blog. I would like to know how are your two pink turk’s cap now? Do they need fertilizer?

    Thank you,



    • Hi Jean, thanks for reading! I do almost nothing with my Turk’s Cap–they are native to Texas, though the pink are cultivars. Still, they shouldn’t require fertilizer. At most, all you might do would be to compost and mulch. They’re nice plants–I think I still prefer the red, truly native Turk’s, but I like the pink. Good luck!


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  7. Hello, I’ve just read about your lovely avian visitors and would like to follow your adventures in the garden.


    • Thanks for reading! All you have to do is click on the “follow” button and follow the directions. You’ll then get an email everytime I publish.


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