VOLUME 15, ISSUE 1 • January 3, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


It's a new gardening year, and with a little luck we'll not have the issues that made 2018 more challenging than most. (Remember those chinch bugs and armyworms?)

Let's get it all started with a really good e-gardens this week. I worked hard on this issue.

Here's what you'll find…
• Pruning nandinas (do it right!);
• Our best native shrub;
• Tips for this weekend;
• Daffodils popping up early; and
• Why some plants' leaves are yellowing.

Resolve to read up on gardening…
My newest book is not in stores and it’s not on Amazon. It’s Neil Sperry’s Lone Star Gardening, and it’s available only from my website or by calling my office at (800) 752-4769. It’s only $33.95 plus tax and postage, but I sign every copy. You might want to look in on it.


In case you missed last week’s edition…
Since it was the holiday week I did something different. I showed our landscape as it exists today – so you can see what I talk about on the radio and write about here. Here’s a link back to it.

Photo: Berries of weeping yaupon holly in winter.


It's Pronounced "Yo, Pon!"

When it comes to native shrubs here in Texas, none holds a candle to yaupon hollies. And they come in many forms and flavors. I'll tell you some stories.

Photo: Yaupon berries are dazzling all winter.


Gardening This Weekend

After some chilling weather the past couple of days, it looks like maybe this weekend will be better for most of the state. I've outlined the critical tasks of early January. You'll want to check out the list.

Photo: Onion sets will be arriving in nurseries quite soon. It's their time in South Texas.


Garden Tip of the Week: January 3, 2019 - "How NOT to prune nandinas!"

These poor plants get abused almost as often as crape myrtles. Let me explain where the wheels come off.

Photo: Great example of how NOT to prune nandinas!


Question of the Week - Number 1: January 3, 2019

"Neil, some of my bulbs' leaves are already a couple of inches out of the ground. Do I need to worry? Is there anything I should do to protect them?"

I can answer that quickly.

Photo: Daffodil bulbs have started to grow!


Question of the Week - Number 2: January 3, 2019

"What is wrong with my azalea plant? It's losing so many leaves after they start turning yellow."

It's not all that horrible. I'll explain.

Photo: Azalea photo taken last week in Tyler by Nicole S. and posted on my Facebook page.


And, in closing…

That's enough to get you started for another year of gardening. But I'll be back with more same time and same e-mailbox next week.

Until then, join me on the radio (including my newest program on KLIF 570AM Saturday afternoons 1-3). Hear podcasts of all my programs. Check out my website, and join me on Facebook.

Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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