VOLUME 14, ISSUE 6 • February 8, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Good to see your eyes here on e-gardens. We have some fun information lined up for you this week.

In this issue…
• Hellebores (Lenten roses) steal the show;
• Diane Sitton brings birds to our gardens;
• Tips to transplanting success;
• Planning great color; and
• Garden tips for this weekend.

All that and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy it. The only thing I ask in return is that you let your friends know about e-gardens so they can get in on the fun.


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Photo: Hellebores and golden sedge sparkle in late winter garden.


Hellebores, Lenten Roses

These weren't well known at all 10 or 15 years ago, but they're riding a wave of popularity now. And with good merit. They're great sources of late-winter color in the shady garden.

Photo: Lenten rose is simple, yet beautiful.


Making and keeping feathered friends

Our friend Diane Sitton gives us many great tips on bringing birds to our backyards.

Photo: Black, oil-type sunflower seeds are favorites of many bird species.


Gardening This Weekend

Little by little we head toward the springtime. I've made a list of the most critical tasks for the next several days.

Photo: Cauliflower is slightly challenging. Set vigorous transplants out now to have heads by later this spring.


Question of the Week: February 8, 2018

"Is it too late to transplant a couple of trees and shrubs that are in the wrong places?"

No, but do so immediately. I'll share the details.

Photo: Crape myrtle is finding a new home in the Sperry landscape.


Scheming for Color

Great landscaping color requires careful planning. The time for that for 2018 is right now, before you start planting. I have some steps to success.

Photo: Cheerful plantings like this require attention to detail.


And, in closing…

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I'm assuming I didn't need to do a big story to remind you. However, one pertinent suggestion: let it be Valentine's Week! Order your flowers days ahead. Let them be delivered this weekend or Monday. Your Valentine will thank you, and so will your florist!

Until we next meet again here on your laptop (sounds R-rated) or portable device, have a great weekend. Join me on Facebook, on WBAP 820AM this Sunday morning 8-10, on my website and in almost 20 Texas newspapers.

Thanks for reading, and…

Happy Gardening!


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