VOLUME 17, ISSUE 36 • September 9, 2021

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


As we head into the second season of gardening here across Texas, I've prepared what I think will be an extremely useful e-gardens for you this week.

In this issue…
Colorful crotons - sparkle like jewels;
Fall webworms shroud our great trees;
Remodeling your landscape - it's time;
This weekend's prime tasks; and
Diane Sitton decorates mailboxes.

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Photo: Mums aren't just for football games! They're great in the garden!


Gardening This Weekend

It wasn't exactly frigid with that "cold front" earlier this week, but with shorter days and cooler nights, fall is obviously nearing. I've assembled a list of this weekend's gardening tasks. Click through to see it.

Photo: Garden mums are abundant in Texas nurseries now!


Mailboxes…the garden multi-taskers

Our creative friend Diane Sitton shares tips on painting a mailbox for use in the garden.

Photo: Surprise a friend with a personalized mailbox. Customize the box with the friend's name, favorite color, or favorite flower.


It must be fall, because…

Fall webworms have arrived. By the millions. These are the larvae that construct unsightly webs that engulf limbs, even entire trees as the caterpillars devour the foliage. How much damage do they do, and what can you do to stop them? Click for details.

Photo: Fall webworms are among us.


Crotons Add Zing to the Season

I've been in love with crotons since I was a teenager. The great news is that now everyone else is, too. Nurseries are filling up with supplies for the fall. You can get many weeks of great color from them, even more if you have a greenhouse or sunroom.

Photo: Colorful foliage is crotons' big deal.


Remodeling the Landscape

We remodel our houses, and we buy new styles in clothes (or so I hear). Why is it that we're so reluctant to make changes in our landscapes? Perhaps this past winter's big freeze has given us reason. Let's talk about some of your choices. You might find them refreshing.

Photo: Many principles of good design are shown in this garden.


And, in closing…

That's it for another e-gardens, and I thank you for being here. If you enjoy it, please let your friends know. And please let our advertisers hear from you, too!

If you missed my story on my friend Kenneth Cranfill, the poinsettia grower last week, here's a link back to it. You'll also be glad to know that this week's challenge for Kenneth has been potting up 75,000 pansy transplants. And we all think that we're busy!

Join me on my website, on the radio, in the San Antonio Express News or the Fort Worth Star Telegram or a dozen other Texas newspapers, and maybe I'll see you in your favorite nursery.

Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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