VOLUME 16, ISSUE 47 • November 19, 2020

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Welcome. There's a lot about to happen starting next week, so let's get as much gardening done as we can in the next few days.

In this issue…
Fall care of your lawn;
Quick spots of color for the patio, entry;
Odd time for trees, shrubs to bloom;
Important things to get done; and
We have a great piece from Steven Chamblee.

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Photo: Dianthus (garden pinks) are lovely and hardy winter annual flowers.


Gardening This Weekend

The weather over much of the state has really been nice most of this week. Hopefully you've gotten a lot of gardening done. We still have a day or two of nice weather ahead. Here are the things that are most critical for this time of year.

Photo: 'Carlton' daffodils are among the best "repeaters" for establishing well in Texas gardens. Plant them now.


Native Son: The Horticultural Grinch

Steven Chamblee, our buddy from East Texas, where moss grows on trees and in big guys' beards, has gone grinchy on us. He confesses why.

Photo: Disguised as a pleasant man of the autumn, Steven gets his Grinch going this month.


Quick Spots of Color for Entry, Patio

When it comes to cold-hardy color, we all know that pansies and violas are best. But sometimes you want something a little bit different, and that's where plants like cyclamen and garden carnations can help.

Photo: Cyclamen, garden carnations.


Fall Lawn Care

You may think there isn't much to be done with your turf grass at this time. To some degree that's true, but I have tips to keep it going in peak vigor. You'd better read them.

Photo: Spraying young henbit now keeps it from becoming unsightly over the winter.


Question of the Week: November 19, 2020

"Why did my pears, apple, wisteria and Carolina jessamine all have flowers this fall? Do I need to worry about spring blooms?"

The reason makes perfect sense. I'll explain it.

Photo: Fall bloom on pear.


And, in closing…

That's it for this issue of e-gardens. Please join me on the radio live this upcoming weekend.

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On KLIF 570AM Saturday afternoon 1-3. Call (888) 787-5543.

On WBAP 820AM Sunday morning 8-10. Call (800) 288-9227.

Podcasts of those programs are on my website by Monday afternoons. And there's a lot of other good information on my website as well.

That's also where you order my book, but again, do so soon if you need it by Christmas.

Until next week (on Tuesday instead of Thursday due to Thanksgiving), thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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