Aster Cafe in Marfa TX

On my recent trip to Marfa, TX we stopped and dined at the iconic Aster Cafe. I enjoyed the cucumber sandwich and field green salad served that day!

Aster Cafe

215 N Highland ave Marfa TX 79843 tel 432-729-4500

All Baked Goods are made in House from scratch, made fresh Daily! Amazing brunch buffet! Small bistro offering vegan choices, including vegan bread for sandwiches, vegan salads, and a vegan oatmeal breakfast option.

Aster Marfa, Marfa TX
Aster Marfa, Marfa TX
Aster Marfa, Marfa TX



Ecotourism at Big Bend

I just got back from a long trail ride at Big Bend on October 17, 2021. I truly appreciated the respect for wildlife and nature that I saw in the community at Big Bend.

On the trail ride near the tent camping at Big Bend National Park there were these heavy metal bins located in various place. After closer inspection, I discovered that these bins are provided for your storage of food, cooking equipment and scented items to place in these boxes to protect campers from the bears.

This great book is available at Big Bend National Park. I have this in my library. I am a Texas Master Naturalize and member of the Texas Native Plant Society.

On my trip to Big Bend, I stayed at a wonderful historic hotel in Marfa, TX called The Pasiano, During my stay, I dined on delicious Vegan enchiladas and tacos at the Paisano, Marfa TX.

The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco TX Has A Nursing Pod

I went to The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco TX with my daughters and grandchildren. I was so surprised and pleased to see The Cameron

Zoo’s support of nursing mothers. A Mommy Nursing Pod has been added to their zoo facility last October 2020.

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Nursing moms now have a place to feed their babies while visiting Cameron Park Zoo in Waco.

On Thursday, the zoo unveiled a nursing pod. The pod has three private rooms where mothers can breast feed their children or use a breast pump. Kristi Webb, membership and rentals manager for the zoo, saw the idea about six years ago at a conference.

A few years later, when Webb had her first child, she found she didn’t have a private place to pump, and so she brought up the idea of bringing a pod to the zoo.

The zoo partnered with Ascension Providence to be able to bring in the pod.


“This is a family environment,” Brian Becker, chief medical officer and chief operating officer of Ascension Providence, said. “Moms are oftentimes here with their children, and there was no great place to stop, breast feed, breast pump, so those moms would oftentimes have to leave the zoo in order to accomplish that.”

Webb said she hopes the new pod will be a great resource for moms and their families who are coming to visit the zoo.

“They can know that there’s a safe, private space for them to utilize while they’re here,” Webb said. They won’t have to cut their trip short or have to go out to their vehicle and come back in when they’re finished.”

The pods are located in the meadows area near the restrooms. The zoo is open every day, and tickets can be purchased online.

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Interview with Central Texas Gardener

PBS TV show Central Texas Gardener took photos and video of my Central Texas yard and interviewed me. I have been working on my landscape and hardscape since 2005 when we bought our home. My yard is a twice certified Wildlife Habitat. I garden organicly. I do not use herbicides or pesticides in my yard. I have added even more native plants since the TV show. I hope you get inspired by what I have done! I have a lot of information on this web site about my favorite Texas Native plants. If you have a home to sell or want to buy a home with a water conserving landscape, a pond, native plants and organic gardening methods, I can help. Call, text or e-mail me today!

Texas Water: Now and Then






This is the water storage unit from the Fredericksburg Texas Pioneer Museum. Click HERE to visit their website! While this specific example is outdated, this is a great example of how historic building concepts set the precedent for green water collection systems that we now use! Below is a more current version of the same technology!


I encourage you to visit the museum at 325 W Main St. Fredericksburg, TX 78624.

American Beautyberry

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American Beautyberry is a Texas Native plant that I love. I have several in my yard but the one that is doing the very best is on the east side of my house. This is an understory plant you see along forest edges, near creeks and wet areas. It does love some moisture and some shade. I have seen it planted in full sun but I am sure it would need a lot of water in that setting. Even along shaded fence lines as I am driving around Texas, I see it drooping in periods of little rain. The beautiful fuchsia colored, pink, purple berries are edible but I prefer to leave them for the birds. Contact me for FREE seeds or possibly seedling plants.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: greenish white

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: berry-like drupe

Height: 4 to 6 feet

Width: 4 to 6 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

False Purple Thistle

Eryngium leavenworthii :

Also called Leavenworth’s Eryngo, Eryngo, False Purple Thistle

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This one is my icon on Naturalist. I love them, like little purple pineapples. They are very prickly but very drought tolerant. There used to be tons of them where the new St. David’s Emergency Room is in Leander. They wiped out a big field of them when they built.
Read more information about this beautiful plant by clicking here!