VOLUME 14, ISSUE 23 • June 7, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


School's out and summer is here. Darkness comes late, and there are extra hours to enjoy gardening. I've prepared e-gardens with that in mind, and I think you'll enjoy it.

In this issue…
• Glorious gloriosas;
• Vitex - they've been beautiful;
• Gardening goals for this weekend;
• A troublesome tree problem; and
• Little spotlights of color.


Photo: Who would think that a book's cover prints on paper just like the pages do! But this is how it looks right off the press. It's the "end paper" that holds the hardback portion in place. More on that another time.

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Photo: Snow Princess sweet alyssum grows alongside New Blue Wonder fanflower.


Brought Back from the Past

Vitex is a legacy plant in Texas gardens. Those of us who grew up in this state remember seeing it in gardens around us. And now it's hit the big time again. I'll tell you how best to grow it.

Photo: Vitex has been beautiful this year.


Gardening This Weekend

As the weather warms we aim to do the most critical tasks first. And accordingly, that's just how I've arranged them this weekend. Click through to take a look at my list.

Photo: Hybrid purslane stands up to extreme heat.


Little Spotlights of Color

Sometimes you just need that little touch - a bit of color in a drab corner or a highlight to brighten an entry. That's when container color can come to your rescue. See my quick tips.

Photo: Snow Princess sweet alyssum and New Blue Wonder fanflower in patio planting.


Question of the Week: June 7, 2018

"What is causing this black ooze on the trunk of my tree, and what can I do to stop it?"

This is a really common question. I'll explain what usually causes it.

Photo: Moist seepage is working its way down the trunk.


Glory Be to Gloriosas!

Of the scores of plants we call "daisies," these are my favorites. No daisy I've grown has been any easier, and when it comes to plants in my garden, I'm all about "easy." Goldsturm is my gal, and I'll tell you why.

Photo: Goldsturm gloriosas in front of our church just a few days ago.


And, in closing…

That's our e-gardens baby for another week. We think our baby is beautiful, and if you do, too, please tell your friends.

I'll be back at this same time and same e-mailbox next week and I hope you will be, too. In the meanwhile, I'll hope to see you on Facebook, in the newspaper, on my website, tuning your radio dial, or clicking onto one of my podcasts. And of course, in church this Sunday.

Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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