VOLUME 16, ISSUE 9 • February 27, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Gardener, you really want to check in on e-gardens each week this time of year. There is so much going on and so many plants worth trying.

In this issue…
• Hallelujah for Hellebores;
• Why do I still have weeds?
• Garden tasks going into March;
• Choosing the best color; and
• Is there something wrong with my timing?

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Photo: Lenten roses (Hellebores) bloom with golden acorus.


Gardening This Weekend

Did you ever step onto a fast-moving treadmill? That's what's about to happen to gardeners across Texas. I've made a list of the most important things you'll want to accomplish in the next several days. Click through to see them.

Photo: Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball is geared up and ready.


Lenten Rose Lives Up to its Name

If you've not grown this charming little perennial in a shade garden at your place, you've missed one of the best. It's a comparative newcomer, but you'll make a great friend if you try it. Let me tell you about it.

Photo: Yesterday morning in the Sperry home gardens. Cold and windy.


Question of the Week - Number 1: February 27, 2020

"Why do we still have weeds in spite of application of pre-emergents last fall?"

I've had that question a lot. I'll give you several possibilities.

Photo: I applied pre-emergent granules, but I still have weeds.


Choosing the Best Flowering Plants

I'm asked frequently to recommend the best sources of color for Texas landscapes. When I'm doing so for my own gardens there are several factors that figure into my decisions. I thought I'd share them with you today.

Photo: It's almost azalea time across parts of Texas!


Question of the Week - Number 2: February 27, 2020

"A lawn care company treats my turf, but their schedules aren’t the same as yours. Is that OK?"

I'll answer and explain.

Photo: Bad lawns can be helped by homeowners and pros alike.


And, in closing…

Thanks for checking in on e-gardens this week. I enjoy photographing and writing it for you, and I hope you find it useful. I'm already assembling some fun things for next week, so I hope you'll join me right here same time.

Until then, stop by your favorite nursery tomorrow (ahead of the Saturday crowd). Be patient with them. They're great people being pulled in all directions. Whenever possible, go in during the week.

I'll see you on my Facebook page, tuning in on my podcasts and on the rest of my website. I'll be on the radio much of the weekend, although TCU basketball pre-empts me on KLIF. And I'll hope to see you in church.

Until next week,

Thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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