VOLUME 18, ISSUE 24 • June 16, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Gardening becomes a morning and evening hobby in the summer in Texas. I've brought information that can help you get the most out of every minute.

In this issue…
Diagnosing St. Augustine's problems;
Fuzzy and friendly;
This weekend's top tasks;
Your questions, my answers; and
Steven Chamblee honors his dad.

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Photo: Cooling soft pink crape myrtle in Fairview earlier this week.


Gardening This Weekend

When I talk about mid-June, I'm usually thinking about the time that summer's hot weather officially begins. Well, surprise! It's been here for most of a month. So, let's see what you need to be doing now to help your plants make their way through it.

Photo: Lemon Lollipop is a popular source of summertime color.


Native Son: Magkneeficent

Steven goes back to his roots in more than one way. You’re about to learn more about my very good friend.

Photo: Steven and his dad, Buz, planting a little Japanese maple.


St. Augustine Problem-Solving

Callers to my program last Saturday got started asking about St. Augustine issues. Before I could plug up the levee and move on to other topics almost an hour had passed. So, I know people are wondering. This is in their honor.

Photo: Can you ID this problem? This story will lead you to the answer.


Soft as a lamb's ear

If ever there were an aptly named plant, this is it. It looks like and feels like a gentle lamb's ear. Children giggle with joy when they touch it. And so do grizzled old guys. Best of all, it's a great landscaping plant. Let me tell you about it.

Photo: Even the photo makes you want to reach out to touch lamb's ear!


Ask Neil

Questions this time range from passionvine to poke salad, Munchkins to mountain laurels. They're from all across Texas. Take a look for yourself.


And, in closing…

To all the dads, here's hoping you have a wonderful day Sunday.

After more than 15 years of marriage without children, Omer and Lois Sperry adopted me as a baby in 1944.


That smile you see on my face was one of sheer happiness. I didn't know it yet, but I was the luckiest little boy in the world. I lost my dad almost 50 years ago and I still miss him every day. Happy Father's Day.

I'll be back here next week.

Happy Gardening.


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