VOLUME 15, ISSUE 16 • April 18, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


It's a busy week for everyone. I've kept e-gardens short and sweet (but interesting!).

In this issue…
• Training a young red oak;
• Garden tips for the weekend;
• Steven Chamblee "remembers when;"
• Broadleafed weeds and dropping leaves;
• Care for your Easter lily.

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Photo: 'Twist-n-Shout' hydrangea. See related note in Gardening This Weekend.


Gardening This Weekend

Hopefully you're getting some extra time in the garden these days. April is prime time for plantings and other outside activities. I'll gather the most important things to put on your agenda. Click through to see them.

Photo: Twist-n-Shout hydrangea. See my special note on linked page.


Native Son: Remembers When

Our buddy Steven Chamblee has been staying up late, and he's gone nostalgic on us again.

Photo: I remember a time when Steven was just a little guy.


Easter Lilies in the Spotlight

You have to love their purity. If you're of the Christian faith you probably have one or will come home from church with one after your service this Sunday. I have some quick tips to help you enjoy your lily to the fullest.

Photo: How pretty is this!


Two FAQs Revisited: April 18, 2019

People keep asking about hollies dropping so many leaves and "weed-and-feed" fertilizers. Please let me address both.

Photo: Hollies dropping leaves and weeds in the lawn are top Q's of the week.


Guide a Plant's Growth

Tom Taylor, a high school classmate, sent me this photo of his red oak a couple of months ago asking my advice on how best to retrain it. Click to see what I suggested.

Photo: Tom's red oak seemed to be heading to Mars.


And, in closing…

That's it for this week's e-gardens. It's been fun getting it ready for you and I hope you've enjoyed it.

Until next week, I'll hope to see you on Facebook or hear your voice calling one of my radio programs. I'll be doing them all live. Stop by my website or tune in a podcast. And join us in church if you're anywhere near McKinney. Our family will be gathered together, and you're welcome to join us.

To our Christian friends, the most joyous of Easter blessings. And to our Jewish neighbors, Happy Passover. And to all: We are one community. Let's make it fabulous together!

Happy Gardening!


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