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Bailey Jones

Replace them with what? A list of bird-friendly native trees and plants would be a welcome addition to this column.

Ted Gillis

I agree. Oaks and oleanders are the only things that seem to grow in my yard. A list of other plants would be welcomed.

Bailey Jones

My bottle brushes did great - until the freeze. And my jasmine survived the freeze. Both good for birds. I guess neither are natives, though.

Paula Flinn

Feral cats (and other outside cats) are disappearing from all over, not just the West End, because we all are living with packs of coyotes in our city. They were driven into the city because of the development of their natural habitat. The coyotes are killing them. Fences do not stop them.

Paula Flinn

My Mexican Plum Tree bloomed and survived. I only had a few honeybees, though. My knock-out roses are beautiful. The two Hibiscus 🌺 look dead, but may come back, so I’m not giving up, yet! I, too, would like a list of plants native to here that survived. My red lilies are getting ready to bloom.

Bailey Jones

My cherry tree froze to death - but it was a Barbados cherry, so no surprise there. I was surprised that my pink magnolia, which was developing flower buds before the freeze, lived to bloom right after it. I haven't seen a single bee, but a few hummingbirds visit our red honeysuckle - it didn't seem to mind the freeze at all.

Thomas Carpenter

Plant some Texas Milkweed (Asclepias texana), and if you're into immigration control it's easy to limit the number of Mexican milkweed plants in your garden ... but add some milkweed to your flora and watch the Monarch Butterfly life cycle, the greatest metamorphosis since Ovid. It's amazing and entertaining: from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Have some fun! Queen butterflies hatch from Milkweed plants too.

Bailey Jones

I've got some milkweed but it doesn't seem to like my yard. I've tried it in the front and the back, it just doesn't grow. In other places I've lived it grows like a weed. It seems to like my neighbor's yard. But I have opened the border to Mexican heather - it died to the ground during the freeze but is coming back from the roots. I like it - it blooms all year.

David Schuler

Galveston has been known as The Oleander City for more than a hundred years so let's not go too far. The author is well known for his single-minded focus on birds to the detriment of all else.

Carlos Ponce

What was native on Isla de Malhado (Island of Misfortune) later named Galveston Island? Not much.


By reverting back to native species Galveston would look like Cabeza DeVaca's Isla de Malhado.

Scott Jones

Here are some links to natives that will work on the Island: https://www.wildflower.org/expert/show.php?id=7739


This last one is from the broader Houston area, in which the soils and microcimate vary so much, but it can still be of use. At the very least, you can get an idea of the beauty of our natives, in addition to their being low maintenance and providing food and habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, etc.: http://npsot.org/wp/houston/files/2015/02/NPSOT-Houston-Information-Pages-2015.pdf

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