VOLUME 15, ISSUE 28 • July 11, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I'm going to declare this the official mid-summer edition of e-gardens. That makes it OK to look forward to the cooler weather of fall "coming soon to a garden near you."

In this fine issue…
• A spectacular canna;
• An onslaught of chinch bugs;
• Unhappy post oaks;
• Gardening "opportunities" for the weekend; and
• Diane Sitton visits farmers markets.

And in your mailbox…
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Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening
Self-published so I could…
• Finally have the book I'd always wanted.
• Hire the editor (Carolyn Skei) and graphic designer (Cyndy Smith) I really wanted.
• Determine the full contents without arm wrestling a publisher's committee intent primarily on cutting costs.
• Keep the price low (only $33.95 plus tax, postage).
• Make sure the book was printed in Texas (Clear Visions in San Antonio), not China.
• Sign every book before shipping.

Not in stores and not on Amazon. Order from my website or by calling my office M-F (9-5) at (800) 752-4769. Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund.

Photo: Tropicanna® cannas have spectacular foliage even if they never were to bloom. But the flowers add even more zip and zing.


Gardening This Weekend

You do some gardening things because they're fun. Some things you do because you're protecting your plants. Stir them together and let's see what I've cooked up for this weekend's list.

Photo: Cora periwinkles color up the summer.


Let's go on a shopping spree — a food shopping spree!

Diane Sitton helps you maximize your farmers market shopping experience.

Photo: Shop for blueberries at farmers markets, or visit one of the pick-your-own blueberry farms in East Texas.


For That Big Tropical Splash!

Cannas can do it! Few plants that we grow scream out a more tropical look. And this is one of the showiest. Take a quick peek.

Photo: Tropicanna® cannas in full bloom in McKinney.


Question of the Week Number 1: July 11, 2019

"My old post oak tree has started losing most of its leaves. Am I going to lose it?"

This question came up several times this past week. I'll answer it.

Photo: Post oak leaves that are still healthy.


Question of the Week Number 2: July 11, 2019

"Why is my St. Augustine turning tan and looking dry?"

This is very likely due to chinch bugs. I'll tell you how to tell for sure. Don't take a chance!

Photo: This was sent to me by a friend.


And, in closing…

We've come to the end of another e-gardens. We've paced ourselves carefully. We took frequent breaks and we kept ourselves properly hydrated. We used sunscreen, and we applied DEET for chiggers and mosquitoes. We're all good for another week.

In the meantime, let's join up on Facebook, at my website, around the radio, in the newspaper, at our favorite nurseries and burger joints and in church this Sunday.

Until we see each other again soon, thanks for reading, and…

Happy gardening!


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