Category Archives: Gardening Notes

Hardy Palms for Northeast Texas

Are you looking for a touch of tropics for your yard? There are many gorgeous, flamboyant plants with brilliant flowers or foliage that adds a lush, tropical feel to a landscape. We often grow these kinds of plants as annuals, much like a pansy or petunia, only these summer-loving plants grow much larger and thrive in sunny, hot locations until the first freeze of winter terminates the show. Tropical or Chinese hibiscus with its large flowers offer an array of bold colors, and crotons with gaudy multi-colored leaves… Read More →

Summertime Gardening Questions

I was amused at a recent comment on a gardening Facebook page. She was saying how much different it is to grow plants in Texas than where she came from (up north somewhere). Something to the effect that you could just spit on the ground and plants would grow. Well, welcome to Texas. Even though our area of Texas is one of the best for gardening (in my opinion), we still have our share of challenges. Here are some common questions we get during the summertime. Vegetable Garden… Read More →

July Gardening Tips

July has arrived!! And we have a couple of months of typical hot, dry summer conditions ahead of us. When you get around to gardening projects this month, be sure to take care of you your health by taking precautions while outside gardening. Wear a hat, long-sleeve shirt and sunscreen to reduce your risk of skin diseases. Drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks. Don’t let heat exhaustion sneak up on you! And wear mosquito repellent to reduce the chance of being bitten and contracting West Nile… Read More →

Horticulture Field Day at Texas A&M – Overton

If you enjoy learning about the latest new plants that are coming on the market, you need head over to Overton, Texas on Thursday, June 27, to the annual Horticulture Field Day at Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center to see up close what’s new in the ornamental plant industry. Dr. Brent Pemberton, Professor of Horticulture with A&M AgriLife Research, oversees a large plant trial, consisting of a wide range of annuals and an assortment of other plants. This is one of the biggest in the South,… Read More →

Some Gardening Tips for June

The cool spring weather is now a distant memory as East Texas summer has arrived for its extended stay. Beat the heat and humidity by doing your gardening activities in the early morning and early evening. Wear a hat, and protect yourself with sunscreen and mosquito repellant. Here are some educational opportunities this month to keep you informed on gardening and plant topics. Tomorrow is the last of the spring series of “First Tuesday in the Garden” free lectures – “Natives Beat the Heat” on June 4 in… Read More →

Gardening Tips for May

  The saying is, “If you don’t like the weather in Texas, wait a minute and it will change.” After hitting the upper 80’s, it’s predicted to be in the upper 30’s tonight. Of course, weather, including temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind, etc., affects plants in many ways. Eventually spring will give way to our typical Texas summer with endless hot days and warm nights. Many plants, including our turfgrasses, grow best in warm to hot temperatures. They have been slow in the transition from their winter dormancy to… Read More →

March Gardening Tips

  Springtime is at the door, and gardening fever is starting afflict folks. I don’t know if March came in as a lion or lamb, but one thing is certain – you can’t predict the weather in Texas. The cooler weather in late February and early March slowed down what looked like an early springtime. Saturday March 16 is the second East Texas Garden Lecture Series workshop at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, featuring “Creating Creative Container Gardens”. Gone are the days of boring, one-plant pots! Come be… Read More →

February Gardening Tips

February is a busy month for gardeners, with both indoor and outdoor activities. Indoor activities include three educational programs coming up this month, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The East Texas Garden Lecture Series kicks off on February 16 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center with “A Morning with Scott and Lauren Ogden”. The Ogdens are nationally renowned authors, garden designers and horticultural consultants, designing both public and private garden spaces around the country, spanning many climate zones. The Ogden’s latest book, “Plant-Driven Design: Creating… Read More →