VOLUME 16, ISSUE 21 • May 21, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Memorial Day weekend and more stores are opening. Be safe and be careful, and save some time for landscaping beautification. It's a great time to get outdoors. And please always remember why this holiday exists. And fly your flag proudly.

In this e-gardens…
• Coping with shade;
• A free crape myrtle for you;
• Bumpy pecan leaves;
• Critical tasks for the weekend; and
• Steven Chamblee returns.

One more week with the special offer on my book!

These 588 books looked like this at 9:15 this morning. They’re now all signed, boxed, addressed and in the USPS. But we have several thousands more waiting in the dining room and in storage.

Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening
Only $29.95! Soon will be $34.95.*

• 344 pages; 840 of my best photos; hardback; printed in Texas on high-quality paper.
• 11 chapters that cover all aspects of landscapes, lawn, fruit and vegetable gardening for all of Texas.
• Not in stores and not on Amazon.
• I sign every copy as it sells.
• Satisfaction guaranteed or full refund.
* Prices plus tax, postage.

Second truckload of books arrived yesterday…
• I've finished signing the first 5 pallets of books from two weeks ago, and we have them in the mail.
• My goal is to get completely caught up by early next week.
• Until I do I'll continue to offer this special - lowest price I'll ever have on the book. But hustle. Only days remain.

Order from my website (neilsperry.com) or call (800) 752-4769 weekdays.

Photo: Purple coneflower and yarrow mass well together.


Gardening This Weekend

It's a busy time of the gardening year as we try to wrap up spring activities and prepare for the summer. I've made a list of the most critical tasks for the long weekend ahead. You might want to scan through it quickly just to check.

Photo: Purple coneflower and yarrow can be planted now.


Native Son: May 21, 2020

Steven Chamblee shares some of his favorite moments of the new Southern Living Gardens in the Longview Arboretum. I’ll promise you smiles and maybe a laugh out loud to get it all rolling.

Photo: New resident to the Arboretum's pond.


Free Crape Myrtle for You!

Due to an odd set of circumstances, The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney will be giving away 2,000 lovely 1-gallon crape myrtles this Saturday morning 10-noon. If you're interested, please see what I have for you.

Photo: Free crape myrtles of all colors Saturday 10-noon. See details.


Made for the Shade

If shade has become an issue as your trees have grown larger, I may have some solutions for you. I've made a quick list of some of the best plants for shade gardening. It might be of interest.

Photo: Sperry backyard has very little sunlight.


Question of the Week: May 21, 2020

"What is happening to my pecan's leaves? What can I do to stop it?"

This is damage of pecan phylloxera galls. I'll give you more details.

Photo: Pecan phylloxera galls as posted on Facebook by Jim A.


And, in closing…

That's our Memorial Day edition of e-gardens. I'll be back at the same time next week right here in your e-mailbox.

In the meantime, Lynn and I will be helping with the big Crape Myrtle Trails event Saturday (see details above). I'll leave in time to do my statewide radio program followed by KLIF Saturday afternoon and WBAP Sunday morning. I'm taking a few more days away from Facebook to finish up the book signings, but then I'll be back there as well.

Drive safely. Entertain safely. Keep your safe distance, whatever your age.

Until next time,

Happy gardening!


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