VOLUME 13, ISSUE 38 • September 21, 2017

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Welcome to Fall! It rolls in tomorrow. Maybe it will get this hot weather to roll out in shame. The crazy part is, we’ll probably be freezing in a few weeks.

In this issue of e-gardens:
• The case for fall landscaping;
• Gardening Tips for this weekend;
• Fall and winter watering;
• Magic of mandevillas; and
• Steven Chamblee speaks Japanese.

RUN THE TRAILS, our annual fund-raising event for our Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney is this Sat. Sept. 23 at Boyd High School. Fun for all ages as well as a 1K fun run and walk and 5K and 10K runs. Here are the details.

(Thanks to the McKinney Community Development Corp. and our fine sponsors for their support!)

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And now on to e-gardens. I hope you enjoy it!

Photo: Mandevilla, purple fountaingrass and sea hibiscus harmonize nicely.



Plant of the Week: Mandevilla

It may be the prettiest shade of all our pink flowers, and we've been in love with this tropical vine for 25 years or longer. It’s late for it now, but remember it next season. I have the details.

Photo: Mandevilla in bloom in McKinney now.


Native Son:

Our good friend Steven Chamblee waxes nostalgic as he went home for his 40th high school reunion and made a new garden friend in the process. Nice story!

Photo: Steven visits Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois.


Gardening This Weekend

It hasn't been feeling exactly like fall, but don't let that fool you. The things you do now are reflective of changes coming soon to a landscape and garden near you. Better check through our list.

Photo: Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) can be planted now.


Question of the Week: September 21, 2017

"When can we quit watering, Neil?"

That one posted on Facebook caught me off guard last weekend. I've been asked variations of it frequently, but never in those exact words. I gave the shortest answer I've ever given.

Photo: Sprinkler system will even run during the winter.


Fall Landscaping Pays

I can make a really strong case for landscaping this time of the year. In fact, it's such a good plan, that's exactly what I'll do. If you have improvements you'd like to be making, please see what I've written.

Photo: Nurseries still have great supplies of plants for landscaping projects.


And in closing…

I know you're craving twice as much information, but to get it we're going to ask you to wait until the same time next week. I'll be back with another e-gardens at that time.

In the meantime, if you enjoyed it, please let our advertisers know, and please tell your friends.

I'll see you on Facebook, on my website, and I hope to have your ears on my podcasts and radio programs and your eyes on my newspaper columns. We’ll save you a seat in church this Sunday morning.

As always, thanks for reading, and

Happy gardening!


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