Saturday, August 3, 2019

Pot Luck luncheon at our next meeting!

From Linda's Post on Facebook.
Hey it’s Summertime in South Texas. Too hot to do much except eat and drink. 

Our August 14 meeting will be at Marilyn  Vaughan’s house. It will be a Hummingbird Program presented by Cindy Meredith and Linda  Collins followed by a pot luck luncheon. 

BTW there are some good summertime recipes posted on this site. Might want to check some of them out! Also I’ll post more but we will need RSVP’s before the meeting. Probably by August 12, Monday evening!

Let us know if you can make it! We hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Holiday Luncheon

Holiday Luncheon

WHAT: Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group Holiday Luncheon

WHEN: Wednesday December 12, 2018 at noon

Our annual HOLIDAY LUNCHEON will be held at the Key Allegro Yacht Club at noon with separate tickets!

Please no gifts this year.  We have far too much going on in our lives.  We will order off the menu, and we have a private room reserved for fun and festivities, whatever that might entail!


Either reply on this post or give me a call 713-582-2268 no later than Tuesday December 11, 2018 by 5:00.

Key Allegro Yacht Club
1796 Bay Shore Drive
Rockport, Texas 78382

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Passionvine Plants

One of my favorites.  They attract birds, hummers, butterflies and bees.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Program on Remarkable Plants of Texas

We met today at the library.  It proved to be a good place to meet so we have arranged to meet there at the meetings for Sept. Oct. Nov. and Dec. August is to be determined later as the library isn't available then.   

The book Remarkable Plants of Texas, was the original inspiration of this program.  Many online sources were also used. The book lists many, many more plants than were discussed today.  Below are links to online information of the plants that were discussed.

Foraging Texas, a very interesting site.  On the left side of this website are links to more plants than you can imagine.  The first paragraph is about the book,  scroll to below it to see how to use the website.  Everything we discussed at the meeting on Wednesday, May 9, can be found on this page.

Mesquite as foodRecipes  Food, fuel, wood

Opuntia (prickly pear) recipes – How to eat Cactus  and  Succulent Plant Recipes 

White Prickly Poppy - A very interesting story of the history of the plant.
Yaupon food guide   The Forgotten Texas Tree  Yaupon is also listed in Foraging Texas.

The Universal Edibility Test  a good thing to know if you are lost in the woods, the desert or the beach.

I have not used the scientific names for these plants, but as you go  to the different sites they will show that information.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Don’t use red dye in hummingbird feeders!

Please read.  No need for red dye!

I found the following information on Facebook.


The store bought nectar is junk!! Food coloring is petroleum based ☠ that is not good for humans, let alone a tiny bird that weighs less than a nickel! It causes a slow death. ☠
 It's filled with chemicals, dyes, preservatives and petroleum based.
 I used the red stuff 4 to 5 years ago. The minute I found out how deadly it is to hummingbirds,  I  changed out the nectar immediately!! Cleaned my feeder real good and  I Made my own with sugar water only.
  Sugar water is all they need. 4 to 1 ratio .
Example... 4 cups water to 1 cup pure cane granulated sugar. No dyes needed.

Boiling is not necessary but it is a personal decision based on your quality of water. Sugar will dissolve in cool water. Just like when you order unsweetened iced tea at a restaurant then add sugar.... It dissolves. Or like when you make lemonade... you don't boil your water for the sugar to dissolve. Chlorine evaporates once it exposed to the air.   If you choose to boil because you have concerns about bacteria and contaminates in water, don't boil more than two minutes.   This will prevent chemicals such as flouride from becoming even more concentrated in the water.  Also measure water AFTER boiling and add sugar then, not before.  This will ensure an accurate sugar/water ratio.
Boiling will not give your feeder extra hang time. The nectar becomes contaminated as soon as the birds beak touches the nectar.

Raw, organic, turbinado and brown sugar are harmful to hummingbirds. You should only make your hummingbird nectar with granulated white sugar. Cane sugar is preferable, but beet sugar is also acceptable. Don’t use confectioner’s sugar either, as it contains an anti-caking agent.
Raw, turbinado and organic sugar is made by taking sugar cane and squeezing out the juice. The juice is then evaporated and spun in a turbine (hence the name “turbinado”) to produce the sugar crystals. These crystals are a golden color and are rich in vitamins and minerals. This is great for humans, but NOT for the hummingbirds. One of the minerals these sugars contain is iron, and hummingbirds have very little tolerance for it. Brown sugar is white sugar that has had molasses added to it. Molasses is rich in iron. Agave nectar also contains iron. Not good for the hummingbirds at all!!

Hummingbirds, being very tiny birds with fast metabolisms, must eat a lot of food to survive. Since they are so small, they are susceptible to excess dietary iron buildup in their system. The oversupply of iron is stored in the liver and is toxic to liver cells.

A honey water solution served up in hummingbird feeders can quickly become toxic and deadly. Honey rapidly ferments and also cultures a deadly bacterium. Contrary to popular belief, honey is not "more natural" than the cane sugar that is sold as white sugar. Honey has been chemically altered by honey bees: it is flower nectar and whatever ever else the honey bee ingested, digested, and spit back out again. Honey is nothing like the sucrose found in flower nectar and white sugar.
Again, plain white table sugar dissolved in water in a four-to-one solution is about as close to real flower nectar as you can get.

Be sure to use hot water and white vinegar when you clean your feeders. Rinse Well!!
🚫  NO SOAPS or detergents of any kind! 🚫 It leaves a residue the birds can taste and it may cause them to get sick.
Clean the feeder each time you take it down to put fresh nectar in it.
Once a month you can use one part bleach to 10 parts hot water. Be sure to rinse well.

Use an 🐜 ANT MOAT.
NEVER USE ANY GREASE, OR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS ANYWHERE NEAR THE FEEDER, POLE, ETC. An 🐜ANT MOAT is very easy to make and safe for the hummingbirds. Just fill 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up with plain water. Since ants can't swim, they can't get to your feeder. I have ants in my yard, but never have had a 1 on any of my 22 feeders.
An 🐜 Ant Moat is a reliable first line of defense against ants attempting to infiltrate hummingbird feeders. When filled with water, the 🐜 Ant Moat forms a barrier that keeps ants away from the irresistible nectar of the hummingbird feeders.

Here is a video I made last year to MAKE AN 🐜 ANT MOAT.























Help Save Our Hummingbirds 💜

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trip to The Herb Cottage Cancelled!

Trip to The Herb Cottage Cancelled!

We've only had one response for going, so we are cancelling for this month. We will have our May meeting which will be at the public library.   Program will be announced.  Thinking about culinary herb program. We will also decide when to make a trip to The Herb Cottage.

Our apologies to Cindy.

Ruth and Linda

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Rockport Herb and Rose Study Group Facebook

Calling all Herbies.  This is to inform everyone that our Rockport Herb and Rose Study Group has a Facebook account.  Be sure to check us out for lots of good herb and gardening information.

If you have a Facebook account, just search for Rockport Herb and Rose Study Group!