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If you didn’t get the tax break at your local nursery over the weekend, here’s how to get a refund

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Update: May 30, 2018 at 12:46 p.m.: After receiving feedback from readers that some retailers were not honoring the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday from May 26-28, we asked the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts about what to do. Kevin Lyons, agency spokesperson, says the tax holiday was passed into law two years ago and […]

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How to help Dallas win the City Nature Challenge by being a citizen scientist

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In the City Nature Challenge, held April 27-30, nearly 70 cities will collect observations about nature to compete for major bragging rights. Sam Kieschnick, an urban wildlife biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, first got involved with the City Nature Challenge during its infancy, when the contest was still only in California. “I […]

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What are those blue Texas wildflowers that are not bluebonnets? Curious Texas gets to the root of it

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If you look closely at Texas roadsides during wildflower season, you’ll notice that there are a lot more than bluebonnets. There are pink, red, orange and yellow flowers sprinkled in, plus blue flowers that may look like bluebonnets. Gail Morris of Cedar Hill recently asked Curious Texas: What are those little blue wildflowers that are […]

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Timing isn’t everything: How to get bluebonnets to grow in your own Texas garden

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As it continues to warm up outside, we’re leaving those winter blues behind and trading them for every Texan’s favorite shade of blue, that of our state wildflower. But the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) wasn’t always our state wildflower. In fact, a smaller, less-showy blue lupine, Lupinus subcarnosus (often referred to as buffalo clover and […]