Category Archives: Gardening Notes

Blooming Plants That Measure the Darkness

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 →

November Gardening Tips

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 →

Beware of Garden Bullies

  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 →

October Gardening Tips

Fall weather has finally arrived, with welcome rains and milder weather. Yellow and white wild rain lilies also welcomed the rain, and popped out their flowers in abundance across the county. This milder weather should also encourage some gardening activity. After all, fall is our second gardening season – a perfect time to be planting many types of landscape and vegetable garden plants. Here are some tips for gardening to consider over the next few weeks. Make plans to come to Harvey Convention Center on October 12 to… Read More →

Quick Tips for Easier Gardening

  Tending and growing flowers and vegetables, planting interesting potted containers, or creating  attractive outdoor living spaces are some of the things we call gardening or landscaping. These activities are fun and relaxing, bring the “gardener” closer in touch with the natural environment around us, and stimulate one’s creative abilities. And while this hobby provides so many benefits, we also want to make it as easy as possible, cutting down on time-consuming but important tasks like watering, weeding and fertilizing.  Here are a few simple tips to make… Read More →

Gardening Tips for August

  It’s finally turned hot, and dry – typical August conditions for east Texas. Time to hunker down, avoid mid-day activities, and do our best to keep our garden plants out of stress. While gardeners don’t like hot and dry conditions, that is exactly what chinch bugs like. These lawn pests damage St. Augustine lawns by their feeding activity, sucking out plant juice and injecting a damaging toxin. Infested grass takes on a wilted look that does not respond to irrigation, and then eventually turns straw brown. Chinch… Read More →

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 →