VOLUME 15, ISSUE 31 • August 1, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


As much as I've packed into this e-gardens, you'd think I was submitting it for some kind of award. Reality is, it's just another in the long line of what we hope you've found to be interesting weekly reads.

In this issue…
• One of my favorite plants - no longer available;
• One of the most fascinating flowers ever;
• Garden tasks for right now;
• Bird's-eye view of our crape myrtle park; and
• Caterpillars you don't want to touch!

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Photo: Passionvine flowers are an interesting study.


Purple Passionvine Pleases

If you're looking for a large vine with unusual flowers, you'll have a hard time beating this one. It's big and it's boisterous, and what's more, it's native to wide areas of Texas. Let me tell you about it.

Photo: Purple passionvine in bloom earlier this week in McKinney.


Purple Loosestrife

I love this plant. And you may, too. But you also may be wondering why you're not seeing it in garden centers and in nursery catalogs any longer. I'll tell you why.

Photo: Purple loosestrife has been in full bloom the past several weeks.


The World Collection Park

When we founded The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Foundation in 1998, we had three mail goals. One of them was to develop a park with all the known varieties of crape myrtles growing side-by-side so they could be compared. Let me show you that park from a drone's eye view.

Photo: Screen capture doesn't do the beautiful video justice!


Stinging Caterpillars Are Out Early

Warn your kids and grandkids not to pick up cute little fuzzy caterpillars. They could be in for a painful experience. We have several especially bad types here in Texas. I've had several posted to my Facebook page recently.

Photo: IO moth caterpillar, as posted by Victoria W a couple of weeks ago.


Gardening This Weekend

Aha! It's August, and that means it's a pivotal time in gardening. There are things you need to be doing now that simply can't wait. Click through to see what I've put on your checklist for the next several days.

Photo: Fall crocus (Sterbergia lutea) should be planted this month.


And, in closing…

I said we had a great e-gardens this week and I wasn't kidding. Now I have to come up with another one of equal importance next week at this time. I'll take that challenge!

In the meantime, please visit our advertisers' websites. Each of their magic e-gardens ads will transport you there. They're great people. You'll enjoy meeting them.

Places you and I can meet in the next week: on my website. On the radio. Via podcasts of those programs. In 15 or more newspapers across Texas. On Facebook. In a burger joint. In church this Sunday were our grandson and I will be ushering.

Until next week, keep watering deeply.

Happy gardening!


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