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The Birds of Bastrop Botanical Gardens, a journal of our feathered friends that come to eat and drink here at the gardens.

Common Name Scientific Name
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
Black Vulture Coragypus atratus
Crested Caracara Caracara Cheriway
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo Lineatus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
American Kestrel Jalco sparverius
Woodcock (American) Scolopax minor
Inca Dove Columbina inca
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Trrannus forficatus
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustira
Tufted Titmouse Baedophus bicolor
Carolina Chickadee Peocile carolinenis
Red Breasted Nuthatch Sitta Canadensis
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
American Robin Turdus migratouius
Mocking Bird (Northern) Mimus polyglottos
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Tennessee Warbler Vernivora peregrine
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla
Brown-headed Cowbird Nolothurs ater
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Yellow-Breasted Chat Icteria virens
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerine
Darked-eyed Junco “Slate-Colored” Junco hyemalis
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
American Goldfinch Cardelis tristis
House Finch Carpodocus mexicanus
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus

Natural Pest Control Solutions

Try Planting These ...To Help Control These ...
ChivesMany insects
GarlicAphids, Mosquito Larvae, some Caterpillars and sucking bugs
LeekCarrot Fly
MarigoldsNematodes in soil, Whitefly on tomatoes
MintAnts, Cabbage-worm Butterflies
NasturtiumsSquash Bugs
RadishesStriped Cucumber Beetle
RosemaryCarrot Fly
SageCabbage Butterfly
Some Work Better In Pairs ...To Control ...
Tomatoes and CabbageWhite Cabbage Butterfly
Tomatoes and BasilTomato Hornworms
Beans and MarigoldsMexican Bean Beetle (Spider Mite may increase)
Cucumbers and Radishes or NasturtiumsCucumber Beetle
Eggplants and CatnipFlea Beetle
Cabbage and ThymeImported Cabbageworms
Carrots and Onions or ChivesRust Flies, some Nematodes
Potatoes and HorseradishPotato Bugs
Roses and Chives or MarigoldsAphids

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Antique Rose

My Favorite Rose

by Jeff Long

Mutablis Rose

As spring wells up in Central Texas, so do the colors of nature, especially for the rose lover. Watching the roses begin to bloom around our nursery, my eye has often been caught by the unusual and minimalist beauty of a certain china rose, the Mutabilis. Shy like a wallflower at first, this lovely plant flowers first with a pale yellow, like a few wisps of parchment. As the days march forward, Mutabilis’ bloom then blushes pink and finally mutates to a carmine, as if it were truly embarrassed by it’s own beauty and potential. As the season progresses, you will find the five-petaled flower spread about the plant in all its lovely shades, making an average six-foot bush that truly lives up to its reputation.

Sometimes called the "Butterfly Rose", its delicate flowers often resembling a resting place for the insect the petals seem to imitate, you have to be quick to catch its fleeting fragrance when the flower just opens. According to documentation, this hardy plant was introduced before 1894 and grows from five to seven feet with repeating blooms and just a few hips and will tolerate some shade. It is considered scentless by most rose growers because of its momentary fragrance, but prized for its variety of colors that appear at the same time.


Mutabilis beautiful reddish foliage makes a perfect background for this changeling rose and many experts say this twiggy shrub make an excellent wall plant, suited to brighten any landscape. In fact, it is an excellent transition plant in the garden when changing your color scheme from yellow to pink. I like the plant so well, in fact, I have adopted a picture I took of a single bloom for the "desktop" on my computer, where it’s beauty can be with me all day long – my favorite rose.

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