VOLUME 18, ISSUE 44 • November 3, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Can it be November already? The end of Daylight-Saving Time this weekend already? I have an e-gardens that's right up that alley.

In this issue…
A roadside wildflower that's not to love;
Neil sees a Turk's cap fruit and goes wacky;
Things to do between football games;
What's white and green and bounces off walls?
And, I answer your questions.

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Photo: Time to take cuttings in Snyder. Photo from my friend Troy Lilly.


Gardening This Weekend

We move into a month of great transition across Texas. As November begins we still have a bit of a growing season, but first frost will hit much of the state before it's all over. Let's look at the things you'll want to get done here at the outset.

Photo: It's time to move tropical plants from landscape into protection.


Odd Little Story, Fun to Research

I noticed my Pam Puryear Turk's cap plants had set fruit along our driveway this week. They're new plants this year, and that fruit reminded me of something. I did a little thinking, some reading and limited research. I'll tell you what I found.

Photo: Both fading flower and fruit are displayed simultaneously.


Variegated Rubber Plant

Most gardeners have seen and grown rubber plants. Even more of us have grown weeping figs, their smaller-leafed cousins. But if you haven't grown this variegated rubber plant you've been missing a treasure. Let me outline its virtues and needs.

Photo: Variegated rubber plant.


Roadside Wildflower

It comes out of nowhere. Roadside asters' leaves are so tiny that many folks don't even notice the weed is filling their lawns. Then, all of a sudden, it bursts into fall blooms. Let me tell you about it.

Photo: One lonely roadside aster plant in McKinney last weekend.


Ask Neil

You've asked quite an assortment, from plants to screen AC equipment to leaving grubworms alone so the moles would have something to eat. Girdlers to vines growing out of oak trunks. You're making life interesting. Don't miss this week's installment.


And, in closing…

Rain last weekend followed by beautiful weather the past 4 or 5 days have really lifted gardeners' spirits. It's been great to be here in Texas.

Thanks for helping me sell down to the last couple of boxes of the 5th printing of Lone Star Gardening. Today marks the beginning of sales for the 6th. Here's hoping supply chain issues continue to improve so it can go more smoothly than the last one.

Tune me in this weekend on radio. And, podcasts of my broadcasts are on my website by late afternoons on Mondays.

So that you’ll join me on-time Sunday morning on radio, set your clocks back Saturday evening. As a collector of antique clocks, I’m compelled to remind you: if you have an old striking wind-up clock with a pendulum, just stop it for one hour. Moving its hands backwards can mess up the strikes.

Here's hoping I'll run into you in a garden center, or maybe at church. Or for sure, right here in e-gardens next week.

Until then, thanks for reading, and…

Happy gardening!


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