VOLUME 17, ISSUE 28 • July 15, 2021

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


I've enjoyed preparing e-gardens for you this week. It's allowed me to feature some of my favorite plants, talk to a longtime friend and answer some common questions.

In this issue…
Fabulous foliage;
What to do with frozen figs;
This weekend's tasks;
St. Augustine a little bit loopy; and
Steven Chamblee reports back from Columbus.

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Photo: Burgundy Sun and Pineapple Coleus


Gardening This Weekend

As temperatures inch upward in Texas you need to inch outward into your garden to keep an eye on things. I've made a list of the most critical tasks. You might want to check them!

Photo: Burgundy Sun and Pineapple coleus. Photograph taken in McKinney last Friday.


Native Son: Christmas In July

Our buddy S. Chamblee found himself in the huge Cultivate trade show in Columbus, Ohio. You gotta see what he found!

Photo: Steven Chamblee (in a rare photo with his hair combed) and legendary plant breeder Buddy Lee with one of Buddy’s many fantastic Encore Azaleas, ‘Autumn Starburst.’


Question of the Week Number 1: July 15, 2021

"My fig died back to the ground in the cold, but new shoots are coming up from the roots. Can I train them to be a new tree? Will they be the same variety?"

I'll have both answers.

Photo: Figs were hurt badly by the cold. What can we do now?


Fantastic Foliage

If you start naming off plants with colorful leaves you'll soon have quite a list. I've brought five of my favorites in for consideration. Hope you enjoy them!

Photo: Copper plants and I go back a long way.


Question of the Week Number 2: July 15, 2021

"Why are there runners on top of my St. Augustine lawn? How can I get them to stop forming?"

This is called "looping," and I'll answer your questions.

Photos: A looping runner arches over St. Augustine turf.


And, in closing…

That's it for another e-gardens. Be sure to keep watering those new shrubs by hand. Soak them deeply every 2-3 days so they don't dry out. Sprinkler irrigation alone won't get it done.

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In parting, just a fun photo of a little buddy who was waiting to greet me when I stepped out of the car as we ran a few errands last Friday. To our surprise, he was still there an hour later when we returned.

While you await your next issue of e-gardens, join me on the radio, on my website, in a dozen Texas newspapers and right back here at e-gardens next week.

Until then, thanks for reading. And happy gardening!


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