VOLUME 14, ISSUE 48 • November 29, 2018

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


December and winter are both about to arrive. Yet there's still a lot to get done in gardening. It looks like we’re in for some fairly good weather for the next few days.

Here's what I've brought you this time…
• Colorful cyclamen;
• Why some red oaks don't drop their leaves;
• Staghorn ferns - curious oddities;
• Gardening guides for this week; and
• When trunks are ruined by wires.

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Photo: Cyclamen come in many flavors and forms.


Gardening This Weekend

We're crossing over into December this weekend, so I'll condense your list to only the most critical topics of this time. See what I've outlined.

Photo: It's still prime pansy-planting time across Texas. They hold up to winter's cold.


Cyclamen Come of Age

There was a time, and it wasn't too long ago, when you rarely saw cyclamen. Not in nurseries. Not in flower shops. But those times have changed. I'll tell you how to get the most out of them.

Photo: A mix of cyclamen brings cheer to the holiday.


Fun Ferns

This has been one of my favorite ferns all of my life. But wait 'til you see the plant these fronds are attached to as posted to my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago. I'll tell you more about staghorn ferns in the process.

Photo: Fertile fronds of a staghorn fern.


Question of the Week Number 1: November 29, 2018

"Why do the leaves on my Shumard red oak not fall like leaves on other trees?"

I'll do my best to explain it.

Photo: Sperry red oak will hold leaves all winter.


Question of the Week Number 2: November 29, 2018

"We just bought a new home where the live oak trees look like wires are going to kill them. Is there anything that we can do to save them?"

I'll give it my best shot, but no guarantees.

Photo: This is called "girdling."


And, in closing…

That's it for another e-gardens. In the off chance that you might have missed stories from the past couple of weeks, here are some quick links back to them.

From last week, November 22:
Oakland hollies;
Amaryllis around us;
Mealybugs; and
Pecan hulls as a mulch.

From November 15:
Redbor kale;
Frostcloth to protect;
Leaf spot on Indian hawthorn.

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Until we meet again soon, thanks for reading, and…

Happy Gardening!


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