VOLUME 13, ISSUE 50 • December 14, 2017

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Mid-December brings its own set of gardening opportunities. Hopefully you'll squeeze a few in among your last 11 days of Christmas activities.

In this issue of e-gardens…
• I'll herald another great holly;
• Plants in the garage;
• Diane Sitton decorates from nature;
• Tasks for this weekend; and
• Can plants survive foundation repairs?


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It's time to get down to e-gardens for this week. I hope you enjoy it. If so, please tell your friends.

Photo: Take stock of stocks for winter in Texas.


Gardening This Weekend

You'd think I'd let you off the hook on gardening responsibilities here in December, but not on your life. There still are several important things you'll want to get done. Click through to see them.

Photo: Stocks are fragrant and can handle light freezes in winter.


Decorating – Naturally!

Our longtime friend Diane Sitton is back (hooray!), and she’s been to the CASA of the Pines Christmas Home Tour in Lufkin. Lovely ideas!

Photo: Toy truck sets the stage for Christmas tabletop decorating.


Funny Name. Fabulous Plant.

Possumhaw holly is a native shrub that's becoming a Texas legend. And you can thank a legendary Texan for helping that happen. I'll tell you the story.

Photo: Possumhaw holly berries are stunning in the winter landscape.


Question of the Week Number 1: December 14, 2017

"Neil, can I keep a bougainvillea in my garage over the winter?"

My answer may not be what the reader wants to see.

Photo: Bougainvillea at its peak in the growing season.


Question of the Week Number 2: December 14, 2017

"Neil, we are having foundation work done. Can 30-year-old shrubs be saved?"

I have some strong feelings and I'll share them.

Photo: Can shrubs be saved after foundation work is done?


And, in closing…

That's it for another e-gardens. I'll be back with next week's edition at this same time and I hope you will be as well.

In the meantime, join me on Facebook, on the radio and my podcasts, in about 20 Texas newspapers and at my website. Oh, and I'll see you in church. Click here for a very special welcome from our pastor.

Until next week, thanks for reading, and…

Happy gardening!


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