VOLUME 15, ISSUE 9 • February 28, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


It's going to be extremely cold over the next several days. Keep a close eye on your local weather forecast. I've also tried to provide useful information here, although Texas is a really large state. Just remember to do all that you can to protect your plants and animals.

In this issue…
• Urgent cold warning;
• Garden tips for this week;
• Spring border color;
• A fungus among us; and
• Live oaks dropping their leaves.

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Photo: 'Bright Lights' ornamental Swiss chard


Jewels of the Spring Garden Border

If you're looking for a little splash of color for an important space in your garden, I have some plants that might fill the bill. They're plants for your perennial borders, and I'll introduce you to a few of my favorites.

Photo: Ajuga brings rare blue to the spring garden.


Urgent Cold Warning!

At the time that I'm writing and distributing e-gardens this week (Thursday evening), temperatures over the second half of the weekend and into early next week are forecast to be well below freezing over big parts of Texas. Please read what I have to offer.

Photo: Peaches are vulnerable if it gets really cold.


Gardening This Weekend

We're turning the gate handle on March, and spring is waiting outside. (I think!) Things are about to get really exciting. I've made a list of the things you'll want to accomplish as time and weather allow. Click through to see them.

Photo: 'Bright Lights' Swiss chard perk up spring plantings.


Question of the Week - Number 1: February 28, 2019

"Why is my redtip photinia thinning out and apparently dying?"

This is a fungal leaf spot. I'll give you the sad details, but I'll offer suggestions.

Photo: Reddish spots are the giveaway.


Question of the Week - Number 2: February 28, 2019

"Why are my live oaks losing all their leaves? Is this oak wilt?"

The one word answer is, "Relax." I'll explain it.

Photo: Ground beneath many live oaks is covered with fallen leaves.


And, in closing…

That's it for e-gardens this week. Stay warm, and keep those plants, pets and people you love warm as well.

Until next week when we'll assess where we are in Gardening Season '19, I'll be watching for you on my website and Facebook page, also at church and at the burger joint, and listening for you on the radio and at my podcast shop.

Thanks for reading,

And happy gardening!


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