VOLUME 15, ISSUE 51 • December 19, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I hope this edition of e-gardens finds you really well and set for a happy holiday season soon to follow.

In this issue…
• Mistletoe mystique;
• The importance of mulches;
• The short list of garden activities;
• Sweet smells of elaeagnus; and
• Something grand from Steven Chamblee.

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Photo: It seems odd to see tulips right before Christmas, but THIS is the time to plant the bulbs.


Gardening This Weekend

Just a few days until Christmas. My guess is you have other more critical things to do than changing the oil in your riding mower. I've made a list of only the most important.

Photo: Tulips must be planted now to look this good in early spring.


Native Son: December 19, 2019

Our friend Steven Chamblee has a horticulturist’s ultimate Christmas wish list. Wait ’til you see it!

Photo: Santa Chamblee


Plant of the Week - Elaeagnus: December 19, 2019

One of my favorite garden fragrances comes from one of the least attractive flowers in our landscapes. Elaeagnus shrubs are in bloom across much of Texas right now. Let me tell you about them.

Photo: Elaeagnus in full, wonderful bloom currently.


Question of the Week - Number One: December 12, 2019

"How important is mulching for my plants in the winter?"

Mulching is always a great idea. I'll give my reasonings. Click through to see them.

Photo: River rock mulch (l) and pine bark mulch (r) in Sperry backyard.


Mistletoe Myths and Mystique

It's a legend of the season, but it's also a curse to the tree lover. Mistletoe is something you may enjoy over the doorway, but you'll despise it in your shade trees. Let's list the true facts.

Photo: Cedar elm is inundated with clumps of parasitic mistletoe.


And, in closing…

You've experienced another e-gardens! And there will be another one next week as well. In the meantime, I'll be doing my radio programs all live and I hope you'll join me. Check in on Facebook, and look in on my website. We'll look for you in church on Christmas Eve. Come a bit early. Parking can be pretty crazy.

Until next week, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and

Happy Gardening!


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