Welcome to East Texas Gardening. Here you will find posts of weekly articles devoted to gardening in the northeastern part of Texas, plus links to other blogs and web pages I find interesting which I think you will too.
East Texas is a wonderful place to garden and grow stuff. Unlike most of Texas, we almost have 4 seasons, which increases the types of plants we can grow here. Our soils, rainfall and climate are conducive to growing a wide range of flora. Of course, we have our share of pests, including fungi, bacteria, insects, and critters – especially moles.
Posts include upcoming horticultural events in the region, interesting plants, current pest outbreaks, and other gardening-related stuff I hope you will find useful. Under LINKS, check out my main web page – East Texas Gardening which has many articles on a wide range of topics.
Tyler, famous for roses and azaleas, has another plant that attracts attention from fans of Texas trees. On the grounds of the Tyler City Hall stands a living monument to the ice ages and to the city’s early history. On the southeastern lawn lives an old, large Ginkgo tree, brought to us by one of Smith County’s famous residents. This tree is now known as the Hubbard Ginkgo since it was a former Texas governor and ambassador to Japan, Richard Bennett Hubbard of Lindale, who brought this tree… Read More →
Orange is such a fall color – probably most closely associated with pumpkins, and that favorite Thanksgiving desert, pumpkin pie (yes, pecan pie is also right up there in the favorite category). All the fruit off of my Satsuma orange tree has been harvested, ripening during the fall color fest. One of my other favorite fruits is Japanese persimmon, and they are indeed pumpkin orange, also ripening at this wonderful time of year. The color orange is not restricted to fruit, however, as several trees and shrubs have… Read More →
This is the time of year when foliage takes over flowers for center stage in the landscape. Many people have commented that fall foliage in our neck of the woods is just as good as the more renowned northeastern foliage. No need to take a long road trip; a drive around town or out into the surrounding countryside will reward you with a bounty of reds, yellows, oranges, purples, and the various hues of green from different evergreens. You may not have room in your yard for… Read More →
Some of the most beautiful blooming plants wait until the shorter days of fall to erupt with colorful flowers, a last glorious display before the first freeze of winter arrives to end it all. Flower color is always better, more vibrant during the cooler fall weather, too. The summer sun and heat often cause blooms to fade quickly, and colors seem to bleach under sunny Texas skies. But why do some plants wait until now to flower, while others bloom from spring through frost? The answer is fall… Read More →
With the arrival of November and the end of daylight savings, the time to complete outdoor gardening activities is lessened with each passing day. Fortunately, there is not a lot of activity going on in our landscapes and gardens, but there are a few items you can do to keep your gardens growing great. This is a great time to be planting new trees and shrubs in your landscape. The roots will continue to grow, while the tops remain dormant until next spring, giving the plant many months… Read More →
Occasionally gardeners may introduce a plant into their yard’s flower beds that initially seemed attractive and innocent, only to later discover they have a garden thug or bully. It’s the kind of plant that will race to occupy every available inch of soil, crowding out meeker and less aggressive plants, even to the point of becoming the dominant plant in the area. Experienced gardeners know what I am talking about, and many will have stories about what it took to eradicate the bully (assuming they were indeed… Read More →
It’s that time year again when the Smith County Master Gardener program is seeking applicants to become part of a highly trained core of volunteers who assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to conduct gardening educational programs and projects in Smith County. Consider the following: Do you like to share with friends, young people or others your interest in plants and gardening? Would you like to learn more about the culture and maintenance of many types of plants? Would you like to participate in a practical and… Read More →
I got to know about a new salvia at the Garden Writers Association annual meeting in Tuscon last year, and right away knew I had to get some to try. Salvia ‘Amistad’ is a naturally occurring hybrid found in a garden in Argentina, believed to be a cross between S. guaranitica and S. gesnerifolia. The “wow” factor are the blooms – rich purple flowers popping out of almost black calyces. They were introduced in the Sunset Western Garden and Southern Living Plant Collection programs this year. I got… Read More →
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