VOLUME 18, ISSUE 43 • October 27, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Happy Halloween, goblin! And as we wrap up October I've put together what I hope you'll find to be a handsome, informative e-gardens.

In this issue…
Chinese pistachios brighten up Texas;
Things to do before the first freeze;
Your homework assignments for this weekend;
Steve Huddleston's beautiful landscape; and
A special edition of Q&A.

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Photo: Chinese pistachios bring a rich assortment of fall colors to our gardens.


Gardening This Weekend

Most of us dodged the first-freeze event earlier this week, so we have a few days more before fall melds into winter. Let's look at things you'll want to get done over the next several days.

Photo: Plant summer snowflake bulbs now. They're dependable "repeaters."


Watch for this Beauty

People ask me for a list of the best large shade trees, and for most of the state I have seven that I cluster into that group. Six are natives. I'll tell you about the other one.

Photo: Fall colors of Chinese pistachio.


Before the First Freeze Settles In

We're nibbling at the edge of the first freeze for many parts of Texas. I thought I might give you a checklist of things you'll want to accomplish if it's not too late already.

Photo: Mondograss is liberally dusted with frost.


Beautiful Plants, Beautiful Landscape

If you listen to my Sunday morning program on WBAP 820AM, you hear Steve Huddleston, public relations manager of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden tell about plants that are putting on a show at that time in the gardens. Well, this is Steve's front yard, and I'd like to tell you more!

Photo: The stunning Huddleston landscape, Tarrant County.


Ask Neil

In a break from our normal "You ask 'em" Q&A format, I've posted some of the questions I'm asked most frequently in late fall. I hope you'll find it useful.


And, in closing…

That's it for this week's e-gardens. Remember that our office is closed through tomorrow, but we'll open back up Monday morning.

In the meantime, have a great Halloween and take time to have some fun in the garden. Tune me in on the radio and do something nice for a goblin you love.

Until next week, thanks for reading…

And Happy Gardening!


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