VOLUME 13, ISSUE 47 • November 23, 2017

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


You're saying, "Wait a minute! It's not Thursday evening! But I'm getting e-gardens. How can that be!"

We're sending this out two days early trying to beat the Thanksgiving rush.

Here's what I have:
• This week's critical tasks;
• Why pecans don't fall normally;
• Best large screening plants;
• The un-magic of mistletoe; and
• Best living Christmas trees.

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Enough of the intros. Let's get on to e-gardens..

Photo: Pansies brighten wintertime across Texas.



Gardening This Weekend

Maybe you'll have time to garden this weekend, and maybe you won't. But I've put together a short list of things you'll want to get done just in case.

Photo: Pansies can be planted for color all winter.


Best Living Christmas Trees

If you're sad to see cast-off old trees out by the curb the day after Christmas, maybe you should go with a living one. But choose wisely. My tips may not agree with what you'll run into when you go shopping.

Photo: These are true cones of a native Texas tree.


Mistletoe Not All That Romantic

It theoretically gives you license to sneak a quick kiss (with a willing soul, at least prior to the past several weeks). However, there's a dark side to mistletoe, too, and Scrooge Sperry is here to unveil it.

Photo: Mistletoe clump is loaded with fruit.


Question of the Week - Number 1: November 23, 2017

"Neil, every year we have a lot of pecans that don't fall at the normal time (now). Why does that happen, and what can we do to stop it?"

That's a very common question, and I have the answer.

Photo: Pecans are failing to fall.


Question of the Week - Number 2: November 23, 2017

"Neil, I need a tall screen along the edge of my property. What would you suggest?"

I'll tell you the ones I would suggest.

Photo: Eastern redcedar makes a good natural barrier.


And in closing…

You've come to the end of another issue of e-gardens. I hope it's been a fun read, and I hope you'll share it with other gardeners and friends.

We'll be back at our normal Thursday evening time slot next week. I'm already starting to assemble story ideas.

In the meantime, join me on Facebook and in my newspaper columns, also on the radio, in my podcasts, at my website and certainly at church.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am grateful to count you as my friend.

Until next week,

Happy Gardening!


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