VOLUME 15, ISSUE 23 • June 6, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


You really need to scan through e-gardens this week. The topics I've chosen are critical. Take a look.

In this issue…
• Spider mites (Yikes!);
• Bagworms (Yikes!);
• Poison ivy (Yikes!);
• Orange Esperanza (Yay!); and
• Gardening This Weekend.

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Photo: Orange Esperanza deserves more attention.


Tecoma to Toot About

The botanists are arm-wrestling about this plant's true name. We know it's related to our popular 'Gold Star' Esperanza, so that's enough to tease our curiosity. I'll pick up from there.

Photo: Orange Tecoma cools the Texas summer.


Poison Ivy Pointers

I've heard a lot of crazy stories over the years, and I've seen a lot of people suffer from their own silly behavior. I'll share some details and tell you how to deal with this pest. Click through to see.

Photo: Poison ivy flourishes across the road from our driveway.


Gardening This Weekend

Warming weather reminds us that it's time to wrap up all our late spring gardening activities. As always here in e-gardens, I have your checklist.

Photo: Plant Texas SuperStar® 'Gold Star' Esperanza now.


Spider Mites Are Comin' to Town

No pest that we have attacks any more species of plants. Wise gardeners learn to recognize the symptoms. Once you learn them you never forget them. Let me help you avoid some costly losses.

Photo: Tomato plant has been ravaged by spider mites.


Bagworms Are Back

It doesn't seem like it could have been a full year since these things were chewing their way across Texas, but they're back and they're nasty. If you have cone-bearing plants, you need to keep a close eye on them now. I'll tell you why.

Photo: Ugly, aren't they?


And, in closing…

That's it. I'm done for this week, but I'll be back next week same time and same e-mailbox. Hope you will be, too.

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Until next week, I'll see you on Facebook, on my website and tuning in one of my radio broadcasts.

Thanks for reading, and

Happy gardening!


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