VOLUME 18, ISSUE 2 • January 13, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


What an incredibly crazy first half of the week. Writing e-gardens has been a journey back into serenity.

In this issue…
Matriarch of the mahonias;
This weekend's homework assignments;
Where do we stand with our shade trees?
Getting poison ivy out of shrubs; and
Diane Sitton has something to crow about.

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Photo: Leatherleaf mahonia fruit will bring birds to your landscape this spring.


Gardening This Weekend

Crazy weather has been jumping all around, hot and cold in many parts of our state. Gotta love Texas in January. That said, I've assembled your list of the things you'll want to tackle this weekend, maybe tomorrow before it turns cold.

Photo: Plant stocks and other cool-season color now.


Roosters and new beginnings

Diane Sitton has brought us a whole herd of roosters. These guys need to be in your gardens!

Photo: This patriotic red, white, and blue rooster proudly flaunts stars and stripes.


Status of our Shade Trees

Eleven months after the devastating freeze of last February, it's time to update our thinking on shade trees and where we are/what we need to be doing. I've collected my thoughts. Click through to see them.

Photo: Live oak with bark damage and sparse foliage - what should be done?


Leatherleaf Mahonia Heralds the Spring

It's in full bloom in the Sperry landscape right now, and that means that we're in the back half of winter. That's usually a good sign. Let me tell you about this rock star of the shade.

Photo: Leatherleaf mahonia in flower just a couple of days ago at our house.


Question of the Week: January 13, 2022

"I have poison ivy growing up through my holly. How can I kill it without killing the holly? Is there a spray that will accomplish that?"

I'll give details if you'll click through to read them.

Photo: Summertime photo while the poison ivy had leaves.


And, in closing…

We've come to the end of the e-gardens trail for another week. Here's hoping it's been helpful. If it has, please tell a friend about it. They can see it at https://neilsperry.com. Have them click on the "e-gardens" tab and scroll down just a bit. And please encourage them to subscribe.

Join me this weekend on the radio. You can also hear podcasts of my program from my website. Join me on Facebook, and hopefully you'll see my column in your local newspaper.

Until next week, thanks for reading…

And Happy Gardening!


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