VOLUME 13, ISSUE 52 • December 28, 2017

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


It's looking like 2018 is going to start out a lot like 2017 did - with a spell of really cold weather. I've noted that in this week's e-gardens, and I've brought you some other interesting stories.

In this issue…
• Five short trees for small spaces;
• Pruning nandinas - are you doing it right?
• All about African violets;
• Gardening this weekend; and
• Why are live oaks and azaleas losing their leaves?

I'll keep it short and to the point so that you can get right to the reading.

As always, remember that my book would be a great way to start out the New Year of Gardening. It's only $31.95 (plus tax and postage), and I sign every copy. It's not in stores, and it's not on Amazon. Order it here.

And now it's time to head into e-gardens. I hope you enjoy it.

Photo: African violets deserve your consideration!


African Violets Definitely Achievable!

They have a reputation of being hard to grow, but African violets need not scare you away. I'll give a quick trip through the steps.

Photo: African violets come in a wide range of colors - and yes, you can grow them!


Gardening This Weekend

First and foremost, get your plants ready for the cold weather that's coming. Then I have a couple of other things you may want to get done as you can.

Photo: Fruit trees are already arriving in local nurseries.


Short Trees for Small Spaces

Ever find yourself wishing you'd planted something a little bit smaller? It certainly happens with shade trees, and I have suggestions on five types that fit smaller lots.

Photo: Little Gem magnolias represent the best of the small trees.


Question of the Week Number 1: December 28, 2017

"Neil, We have several tall nandinas that need to be pruned back from our windows. How and when should we do it so we can still enjoy the berries?"

I'll give you my solution.

Photo: Follow the unusual pruning guidelines for nandinas.


Question of the Week Number 2: December 28, 2017

"Neil, why are my live oaks, azaleas and roses losing their leaves?"

Easy answer, and I have it for you if you'll just click through to see it.

Photo: Reblooming azaleas flowering January 3 a couple of years ago. Note yellowing leaves.


And, in closing…

If you enjoyed this issue of e-gardens, please share it with your friends. And be watching same time, same e-mailbox next week for the first issue of 2018.

Until then, please join me on the radio, via my podcasts, in almost 20 Texas newspapers, on Facebook, and on my website. I'm sure we'll be grabbing a burger somewhere this weekend, and we'll look for you in church this coming Sunday.

Until next week, thanks for reading. Happy New Year, and Happy Gardening!


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