VOLUME 18, ISSUE 28 • July 14, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


We're all seeing favorite plants struggling to survive this brutal heat and dry soils. Watch closely and keep the hose handy.

In this issue…
Pretty Pavonias;
This weekend's responsibilities;
Our expanded Q&A;
Diane Sitton talks sundials; and
There will never be another one like him.


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Photo: Perennials in bloom in mid-July in McKinney.


Gardening This Weekend

Most of us try to get our gardening done early and late in the day when it's not so beastly hot this time of year. I've narrowed the mid-summer list down to the most critical tasks. Click through to read them.

Photo: Celosias planted in the next few weeks will be beautiful in fall's cooler weather.


One of a kind

Friends like this don't come along very often. And these friendships never last long enough. Others have gone before me this week. I'm going to take my turn at bat and tell you how I've known Ted Nichols-Payne for the past 35 years.

Photo: Ted 'n me. 3.18.21. The eternal helper.


Showcase time and tradition with a sundial

Need intro.

Photo: Like a whirling atom atop a stately white cloud, an armillary sundial mimics old-world technology.


Rock Rose Pavonia: Native and Nice

If you've spent much time climbing the rocky slopes of the Texas Hill Country you've seen this great little native. Luckily, it's become more common in Texas nurseries and gardens. Let me tell you about it.

Photo: Pavonia in bloom at 100F!


Ask Neil

This expanded new section has really succeeded. I’m enjoying it, and apparently our readers are, too. This week the majority of questions center around weather-related issues. Cold, heat and sun. Some of these may be going after your plants.


And, in closing…

You've come to the end of a hot-off-the-presses e-gardens. Next week's edition is already in preparation so don't go very far.

In the meantime, I'll be on the air this weekend and we’ll have podcasts of the programs on my website by Monday evening. Look for me in a dozen Texas newspapers. See the FAQ pages on my website, and I'll hope to see you in church. So we have lots of ways to get together.

Until next week,

This applause is for you, TNP.
Happy Gardening!


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