VOLUME 15, ISSUE 27 • July 4, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Welcome to an Independence Day early edition of e-gardens, sent on Tuesday just because we knew you'd never see it if we sent it at 6 p.m. on July 4! Please know, however, that we've worked just as hard to get it ready for you.

Here's what you'll find inside…
• Fans of the fanflowers;
• Icky old webworms;
• Balking bougainvilleas;
• Gardening hot topics; and
• Plenty of peace lilies.

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Photo: Scaevola flowers look like tiny fans.


Gardening This Weekend

You may not have a lot of extra time these next few days, but I've made a list of a few critical tasks if you do find yourself out in the garden. Click through to see them.

Photo: Amaranthus planted now provides intense color in a few weeks.


Plentiful Peace Lilies

I've grown peace lilies (Spathiphyllums) for most of my life. They're in my greenhouse all winter, and I bring them into the landscape in summer. They're coming into bloom about now. Let me share them with you.

Photo: Domino Spathiphyllum blooms for several months every summer.


Big Fan of Fanflowers

Blue is an elusive color in nature, and when a new blue flower comes into the nurseries, it's met with great favor. That's what happened back 30 years ago when Scaevola came into the market. Let me tell you my story.

Photo: You can see how it gets the name "fan" flower.


Question of the Week Number 1: July 4, 2019

"How can I get rid of these nasty worms in my pecan? Will they kill the tree?"

These are webworms, and I'll give you my suggestions. Continue reading.

Photo: This is the "Year of the Webworms!" Let me tell you how I deal with them.


Question of the Week Number 2: July 4, 2019

"How can I get my bougainvillea to bloom? It was in flower when I bought it, but nothing since."

You're not alone. I'll explain.

Photo: Bougainvilleas are beautiful when they're willing to bloom.


And, in closing…

Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend. Fly your flag proudly. Take care of your plants. If you're able, tune in my radio programs and give me a call. I'll be broadcasting live and I'll be hoping to hear from you. I'll see you on Facebook and at my website - and hopefully in church as well.

Until next week,

Happy gardening!


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