VOLUME 15, ISSUE 45 • November 7, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


It was fun assembling e-gardens for you this week. There were lots of things to think about. I hope you'll find the ones that I chose to be of interest.

Here's what I've included…
• Catching up on two stories;
• How to avoid winter plant damage;
• Gardening tasks for the weekend;
• Why dwarf Burford holly is so popular; and
• What to do with your mums now.


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Photo: Mist accumulates in ornamental grass yesterday.


Gardening This Weekend

We sent last week’s e-gardens out 30 hours early because of the oncoming cold front. Now we’re looking down the barrel at even colder weather early next week. Click through to see what you need to get done first.

Photo: Alyssum is a cheerful border flower for the cooler months ahead.


Minimizing Winter's Damage

We had a strong touch of cold across most of Texas last week and there’s more on the way. I have tips to help you keep losses to a minimum.

Photo: If you didn’t get rain over the past couple of days be sure your plants are watered before next week’s cold.


A Most Popular Holly

There aren't a lot of plants more popular in Texas landscaping than dwarf Burford holly. Surprisingly, it's somewhat of a newcomer. Let me tell you its virtues.

Photo: Count on a full crop of berries every year on dwarf Burford hollies.


Question of the Week: November 7, 2019

"Now that my mums are starting to turn brown, what should I do with them over the winter?"

This question comes up many times each fall. I'll answer it.

Photo: Mums have been lovely this fall, but they're beginning to brown.


Catching Up on Prior Stories

The Longview Arboretum had its official grand opening last Saturday. It was a glorious day. And North Haven Gardens will begin its long journey back this weekend with its tornado "Survivor Sale" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Let me tell you about both.

Photo: Two scenes couldn't elicit more diverse emotions.


And, in closing…

That's what I've assembled for our meeting today, but I'm putting topics aside for next week as well.

In the meantime, please join me on Facebook, at my website where you'll find my 1001 FAQs and podcasts. I'll be on the radio this weekend, and I'd love to have you read me in one of a dozen Texas newspapers.

Until then, let's get out and get gardening.

Be well. Get your flu shot. And happy gardening!

Happy gardening!


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