VOLUME 18, ISSUE 46 • November 17, 2022

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Welcome to e-gardens, the mid-November edition. It features fun and facts you'll want to read.

In this issue…
A little late-season color;
Trunks still shaking radially;
This weekend's prime tasks;
Steven Chamblee as few have seen him; and
Our bigger and better Q&A section

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Photo: Sunset across the road as I was walking Zeus the dog a few nights ago. Amazing camera on the iPhones!


Gardening This Weekend

In spite of this week's cool weather, we still have important things to be done. I've jotted a few of them down. Click through to see them.

Photo: Plant Ice Follies, Carlton and other dependable repeat-blooming daffodils now.


Native Son: Antlers

Our friend Steven Chamblee visited Antlers, Oklahoma, recently. He chronicles his visit.

Photo: The great people of Antlers sent for Steven, but Hagrid arrived. He seemed to fit right in.


Quick Spots of Color

Company coming? Need a little floral energy in the landscape but you don't have time to plant a big bed? How about a few pots filled with colorful annuals? My votes for unusual types go to cyclamen and carnations.

Photo: Cyclamen (left) and garden carnations (the other ones).


Still "After-Shaking" 21 Months Later

Folks with the Texas A&M Forest Service called it "radial shake" when the extreme cold of February 2021 did so much damage to Texas trees, most notably oaks. I took these photos two days ago in Allen and I was surprised. Let me show you why.

Photo: Radial shake damage to live oak trunk.


Ask Neil

The scorecard shows Oaks: 5, Hollies 2. Stir in eastern redcedars, pecans, roses and bermudagrass. I'll betcha there's something in there for you!


Note: Next week’s Thanksgiving edition of e-gardens will feature a couple of sections of your questions – more than usual. If you’ve been having trouble getting yours posted, this will improve your chances.

And, in closing…

Thanks for reading this issue of e-gardens. A few quick things before I go.

Watch for next week’s edition a day or two early.

Hats off to Region 5 (Fort Worth and westward) of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association for their 23rd Annual Wild Game Feast and Auction this past Tuesday evening. 100 members cleaned out their freezers for the dinner and also contributed auction items galore. They raised $30,500 for the Denton State Supported Living Center. You are all saints! DSSLC thanks you!

And finally, I thought you might enjoy this screen capture from my Weatherbug app's radar screen from this past Monday morning just before 10. It's from the Childress area, and it truly does show how Texas weather can turn on a dime.


Until next week (or earlier if you join me on the radio this weekend, at church on Sunday or on my website anytime), thanks for reading…

And happy gardening!


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