VOLUME 14, ISSUE 10 • March 8, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I've assembled what I think will be some useful and fun reading for you as we head into the mainstream of Gardening Season 2018.

In this issue…
I've assembled some important stories I think you'll enjoy:
• Shy-blooming wisterias;
• Tree trunks that are shot full of holes;
• Glamorous grays;
• Gardening guides for this weekend; and
• Diane Sitton shares gardeners' fun signs.

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Photo: Wisteria is in bloom in South Texas and soon will be farther north. Unless it refuses to bloom. (See story this issue.)


Gardening This Weekend

No part of e-gardens gets any more eyes on it than this one. Folks want to do the right things, and they want to do them at the right times. That's precisely why this story is here every week. See this week's activities.

Photo: Shade fabric protected plants from wind on way to the Sperry landscape.


Sending a message - garden style

Our friend Diane Sitton has stepped into hundreds of gardens, and she shares some of the favorite messages planted there by their owners.

Photo: Big hearted: This small sign uses words and symbols to get its message across.


When Gray Is Your Game

Gray-leafed plants bring drama and excitement to their surroundings. Properly used they can be wonderful landscaping tools. I've brought several of the best with me today. I think you'll enjoy meeting them.

Photo: Artemesia Powis Castle is one of finest gray-leafed plants for Texas.


Question of the Week - Number 1: March 8, 2018

"Neil, what is attacking my live oak tree's trunk, and what can I do to stop it?"

I may have answered this before here, but it keeps coming up, so I don't mind repeating it.

Photo: Sapsucker damage to a live oak trunk.


Question of the Week - Number 2: March 8, 2018

"Neil, why won't my wisteria bloom? This is the third year in a row."

You're certainly not alone. Thousands of people are asking the same thing. I'll give you my estimates.

Photo: Flowering like this is our goal, but our wisterias often fall short.


And, in closing…

That's all you're allowed for one week of e-gardens. But we'll be back with this much or more same time next week.

In the meantime, let's meet on my website or on Facebook. Let's talk on the radio or via my podcasts. Or you're welcome to join us in church or at your favorite neighborhood nursery.

Thanks for reading, and…

Happy Gardening!


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