8 Spring Blooms for Lone Star Landscaping


Spring is blooming all over North Texas, as seen from any car window the past few days. With fields of beautiful wildflowers popping up in city parks, off major highways and at celebrated gardens, what better time to curate the spring landscape of your dreams.

Whether you’re looking to refresh the backyard garden or improve your home’s curb appeal, these perfect plants are sure to flourish this season.

 

Cluster of the Famous Texas Bluebonnets.

Bluebonnets — The iconic state flower of Texas features clusters of up to 50 fragrant blue blooms with a white tip and can be spotted off roadways all over this great state. Bonus: Bluebonnets attract butterflies and native bumblebees.

 

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush — This eye-catching Texas native loves the sun and features stems topped with clumps of bright red, paintbrush-like spikes. With a reputation for being unpredictable, these flowers grow between 6 and 16 inches high.

 

Verbena bonariensis in garden

Verbena — Ideal for cascading over garden walls, hanging baskets and window boxes, these tiny purple blooms form round clusters and tend to cover large spaces. Plant these drought-tolerant perennials in partial shade and enjoy their dainty scent.

 

close up colorful tulips in tulip field

Tulips — The typically cup-shaped tulip comes in virtually any color and grows from 6 inches to 2 feet tall. Treated like annuals, tulips require well-drained soil to avoid excessive moisture and should be planted 4 to 6 inches apart.

 

Blue flower irises

Iris — This easy-to-grow perennial is reliable and comes in a variety of colors. The plants thrive best with plenty of sun, well-drained soil and a flowerbed to themselves, but make lovely cut flowers as well.

 

Fuchsia

Fuchsia — The delicate blooms of the fuchsia plant add vibrant color and versatile aesthetic to any outdoor space. Fuchsia thrives in any semi-sunny spot and grows beautifully in hanging baskets, flower pots or in gardens over the soil.

 

Beautiful yellow daffodils in the garden

Daffodils — These showy yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped cup are hardy perennials that develop from a bulb and typically bloom in early spring. Plant these cheerful blooms in a sun-soaked area as a bold border or between shrubs for a pop of color.

 

Meadow blanketed with pink evening primrose, oenothera speciosa, wildflowers. Top view, close-up

Primrose — The nodding delicate blooms of primrose range in color and require moderate watering. These native Texas flowers like well-drained soil and spread extensively in open areas.

Essentials for the Perfect Picnic


Going for a picnic is the quintessential way to spend a beautiful spring or summer afternoon. This season, upgrade your picnic game with these essentials.

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1. Picnic basket – $69.95
This charming basketweave picnic basket is the perfect vessel to transport your food to the ideal spot. The sturdy leather straps make it easy to carry.
2. Food storage – $34.95
Keep your picnic food fresh with these airtight storage containers. They neatly stack and have color-coded lids to help you stay organized. They’re also microwave and dishwasher-safe.
3. Steady stick wine glass holders – $10.95
These clever wine glass holders stick in the grass to hold your glass steady. Never knock over your wine glass again!
4. Insect repellant – $4.97
Be sure to have insect repellant nearby to keep insects away. This dry spray does the trick without leaving oily residue behind.
5. Acrylic wine glasses – $3.95
These acrylic wine glasses are a durable twist on the classic design. Plus, they stack neatly to save space.
6.
 Picnic blanket – $45.00
Relax in style with a fun picnic blanket like this one. It’s also reversible!
7. Paring knife – $9.95
This knife is perfect for paring, peeling, and slicing. The covered blade keeps it safe in a picnic basket.
8. Bamboo dining ware – Plates: $14.94, Flatware: $11.95
This beautiful bamboo dining ware is a sturdy and eco-friendly alternative to plastic. Pack it up and throw it out when you’re done!

Spring Plants for Your Texas Landscape


Spring is in the air, and it’s bringing with it a bright floral forecast.

According to experts at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, “higher temperatures in January and February pushed some plants to bloom early.” This means spring flowers will be in full force the next few months.

If you’re tired of your landscaping and are itching for a change, or simply hoping to add some springtime cheer to your home, below are some great options for plants that will thrive this season.
 
1. Bluebonnets – Lupinus Texensis

Selective focus closeup with shallow dof on patch of Texas Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) from low angle against blue sky.
The iconic state flower of Texas is a no-brainer for spring landscaping. These beautiful stems feature clusters of up to 50 fragrant blue flowers with a white tip. Bluebonnets are even recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting native Bumble Bee species.
 
2. Daffodils – Narcissus

Wild DaffodilsThese hardy perennials feature showy yellow flowers with a trumpet-shaped cup. They develop from a bulb and can be expected to bloom early spring. Try planting these cheerful blooms in the sun as a border or between shrubs.
 
3. Delphinium – Delphinium Carolinianum

Delphinium,Candle Delphinium,many beautiful purple and blue flowers blooming in the garden,English Larkspur,Tall LarkspurThis colorful perennial may be a challenge to grow, but the beautiful spiky blooms are worth the effort. Flowers can be blue, pink, purple, or white, and are perfect for a cottage-style garden. Grow these plants in fertile soil in full sun to light shade.
 
4. Fuchsia – Fuchsia Magellanica

Fuchsia. Onagraceae Salvia splendens Scarlet sage.The delicate, striking blooms of fuchsia are great to add an exotic aesthetic to any home. Fuchsia grows best hanging in baskets or in any semi-sunny area.
 
5. Indian Paintbrush – Castilleja Indivisa

Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) blooming at high elevation
This native Texas plant is a showy annual or biennial that features stems topped with clumps of bright red paintbrush-like spikes. While relatively unpredictable, these flowers are a great pop of color.
 
6. Iris – Iris Germanica

Photo of purple iris flowers in a summer garden.
This reliable perennial comes in a variety of colors and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. The tall plants prefer sun, well-drained soil, and a flowerbed to themselves.
7. LinariaLinaria alpina

Linaria can be either hardy annuals or perennials and vary in height from 15 cm to 1.2 m. They have lance shaped leaves and carry flowers that are similar to those of snapdragon. They bloom from the end of spring through to the middle of summer and have flowers of many colors including orange, purple, blue and yellow.These contrasting biennials are great for adding texture to any landscaping. Grow these in a sunny gravel garden, but don’t expect them to survive through a hot and humid Texas summer.
 
8. Phlox Phlox paniculata

Close-up of Phlox hesperisThese perennials form beautiful clusters of pink or lavender blooms. Plant phlox in moist soil and a sunny area.
 
9. Primrose – Oenothera speciosa

different colored primrose blooming in springThe small, delicate blooms of primrose range in color and spread extensively in open areas. These flowers require moderate watering and well-drained soils.
 
10. Tulips – Tulipa

colorful tulip flowers at gardenTulips come in virtually any color, so you can easily find the perfect shade for your landscape. Space each bulb about four to six inches apart and make sure the soil is well-drained, as tulips cannot tolerate excessive moisture.
 
11. Verbena Verbena

Verbena bonariensis flowerThese tiny little purple blooms form round clusters and can cover large spaces. Plant these perennials in a partly shady area and enjoy the delicate scent they emit.

 

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring


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After spring cleaning is done, many people get the itch to change things up. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and the time is right to implement a fresh, new look in your home. There are a lot of ways to go about this, but we have found that the simplest changes can make the biggest impact without costing a fortune. Here are our favorite ideas for breathing new life into your home this season.

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

1. Pillows: Decorative pillows on couches, chairs, or beds add pops of color, texture, and layered interest. Try purchasing pillows that allow you to change their covers throughout the year. (Featured property: 4005 Rosa Road, Dallas)

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

2. Accessories: If you’re someone who likes decorative details, change them out. Spray paint some ordinary bookends for a pop of color, pick up some fun new coasters, or switch up the books you have on display. Simply exchanging items between rooms can have a big impact visually. (Featured property: 2615 Brookside Court, McKinney)

 

 Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

3. Art and photos: Switch out old photos, paint or buy new pictures frames, rearrange art from one room to the other- all of this will enliven your home. (Featured property: 10106 Caribou Trail, Dallas)

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

4. Plants: Bring new plants into the house and change up the ones outside. A small pot of basil in the kitchen or new planters on the front porch add color and interest. (Featured Property: 4708 Crooked Lane, Dallas)

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

5. Outdoor: Freshen up your front door mat, address numbers, patio cushions, or add a floral wreath to the front door. All of these will brighten your curb appeal and make coming home feel like a new experience. (Featured property: 211 Rio Grande Drive, Irving)

 

Spruce Up Your Home for Spring

6. Paint: If you want to stick to a budget, keep it simple. Paint the front door a bright color, put some chalkboard paint on a small section of one wall, spray paint a lamp or a few bar stools. Paint is a moderately cheap way to update that can be changed with your mood. (Featured property: 4161 Shady Valley Drive, Arlington)

Tackle Spring Clean 2015


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Daylight Savings Time is the perfect reminder that it’s time to get down and dirty for an annual spring cleaning. A good, deep clean puts everything back in order and restores peace of mind that your home is in tip-top shape once again.

 

Set aside some time, perhaps a long weekend, to knock out the spring cleaning list, organized by room, below. If you can enlist your family members or roommates for help, the work will be done before you know it! You can click below to enlarge the list and print it out.

Takle Spring Clean 2015

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring


Spring has sprung! And all the wonderful weather and cheer this season brings with it is finally here. With fresh memories of cold temperatures behind us and the knowledge that we, no doubt, have a hot summer ahead of us, now is the time to enjoy warm sunny days outside! In the spirit of spring we’ve rounded up seven spaces ideal for celebrating spring. And guess what? They’re all on the market, so one of these spaces could become yours!

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^3441 University Blvd., University Park

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^498 Ferguson Road, Whitesboro

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^8643 Groveland Drive, Dallas

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^905 Tranquility Drive, Fairview

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^3809 Long Meadow Drive, Flower Mound

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring^4551 Ashford Drive, Dallas

7 Spaces to Celebrate Spring

^10233 Drop Tine Court, Fort Worth

To get a closer look at today’s featured homes, click the images and/or links above!

Happy Opening Day, Rangers Fans


Happy Opening Day, Rangers Fans

Baseball season is officially back in Texas! Today the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 2:05 p.m. in Globe Life Park and kick off their 2014 season. The return of baseball is the ultimate sign that spring is back in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited for the future weekends spent cheering on our team!

 

There have been some big developments for the ballpark leading up to the new season. It was officially named Globe Life Park in Arlington after a few years with no official name and there have been some noteworthy new additions to the food and drink menus for fans.

 

If you can’t make the three opening games this week, the Rangers will be back at home playing the Houston Astros weekend of April 11-13. For the full schedule, click here.

 

Go Rangers!

D-FW Weekend Round Up


Your Weekend in D-FW

Well D-FW residents, it looks like we’re finally going to get a nice weekend! If you haven’t noticed, the last few weeks have been full of sunny, gorgeous weekdays and dreary weekends, but we might finally catch a break. If you’re looking for something to eat, drink, or see during this beautiful weekend, check out this list of happenings around D-FW.

 

Marc Cohn: This folk rocker, best know for his hit “Walking in Memphis,” will be playing at The Kessler tonight, Thursday, March 27.

 

Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival: This four-day festival begins tonight, Thursday, March 27, with the kick-off at Billy Bob’s Texas. Friday is the Grand TastingSip & Savor runs Saturday and Sunday, and the Culinary Plaza in Sundance Square takes place on Saturday, too. You’ll eat and drink your way through some of Texas’ most famous food, beer, and wine!

 

The Barber of Seville: Presented by the Dallas Opera, this show will close out the 2013-2014 opera season. Celebrated as one of the most popular operas of all time, this comedy will run at Winspear Opera House starting March 28 and going until April 13.

 

Chelsea Handler: The infamous talkshow host and comedian will have you laughing all night you with her signature sarcasm and witty banter. Catch the show on Friday, March 28 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.

 

2014 Spring Celebration: Klyde Warren Park is putting on an day-long celebration of Spring just in time for the warmer temperatures on Saturday, March 29. There will be live music, a petting zoo, and other family-friendly events.

 

Betsey Johnson: Get your chance to meet this unique fashion designer when she makes a personal appearance at Dillard’s NorthPark to promote her line and sign autographs on Saturday, March 29.

Coppell Farmers Market: Open this Saturday, March 29, the market will be stocked with all kinds of greens, root vegetables, and even soil, so that you can grow your own market-quality food at home. See all the farmers markets open this weekend here.

 

Dallas Blooms: Take advantage of the lovely weather this weekend and stop by Dallas Blooms. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny day and you can grab some food and drink at one of the many great local White Rock spots nearby.

 

Texas Pinball Festival: Love pinball? You’re in for a treat and some serious competition from March 28 to March 30 with more than 400 models of vintage and modern machines. They’re all free to play and the event is open to all ages.

 

New Food for Rangers Fans: The opening series for the 2014 season of Texas Rangers baseball is Monday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 2, during which the Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Phillies. This new season is bound to be an exciting one, but so is the food that fans will be able to indulge in during the season. New to the menu is Bacon on a Stick, which will run you $7 for a maple glazed dipped strip of bacon on a stick. Also new is the Choomongous, named for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. It’s a two-foot-long barbecue sandwich served with spicy slaw and Sriracha mayo. 16-ounce cups of Frozen Beer are new to the list as well, helping fans beat the heat for just $7.75 a cup.

 

Photo via fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


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Even though we’ll most likely see some cold temperatures back in D-FW before spring is officially here, it’s never to early to get your home ready for the next season. On today’s OTD we’re sharing with you a checklist of outdoor and indoor tasks to get your home ready for the spring, specifically for it’s characteristic windy and rainy days. By checking off this list, originally posted by Lowes, you’ll have your home freshened up and prepared for the months ahead! To see a year-round list for every season, click here.

 

Outdoor Tasks:

-Clean gutters and downspouts.

-Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.

-Touch up peeling or damaged paint. Watch our video for ideas on troubleshooting exterior paint problems.

-Wash all windows, inside and out.

-Install screens on windows and doors.

-Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.

-Service your lawn mower.

-Fertilize your lawn.

 

Indoor Tasks:

-Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward.

-If your basement has a sump pump, test it by dumping a large bucket of water into the basin of the sump pump. This should activate the sump pump. If it does not switch on or if it’s not pumping water, it may need to be serviced by a professional. Also, check for and remove any debris and make sure there are no leaks.

-Wash and change seasonal bedding.

-Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.

-Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics

Photo: 5316 Mariners Drive, Plano