Some days... There have been times when I feel like I might scream if somebody asks for another Indian Hawthorn, Red Tip or Ligustrum. Let's face it, the old standby's are capital B...BORING! I understand, the builder put them in and one died or the previous owner wanted low maintenance, but … Read more about A 6 pack of cool!
Crape History 101 Although they are native to China, crape myrtles have become an icon for the South (and yes, that gets a capital “S”…because it is a specific place). The original crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia indica, were very prone to powdery mildew. Since 1956, breeders have … Read more about Crape Myrtles
It has begun... Now, that the weather has decided to be more "normal", we are starting to see the usual suspects showing up. Leaffooted bugs, snails, slugs and the gambit of other hardened criminals, have ridden back into town. Determined to "do their thing" and have their way with our yards, … Read more about Go on the prowl!
What's in a name? I had always heard it called Ligularia, then for some reason (only known to a select group of plant nerds...no offense intended, nerds are an important part of society...we would still be in the stone age without them) it was changed to Farfugium. You can read more about how … Read more about Giant, Curly or Spotted…Pick one!
May means... It's time to order fruit trees. Yeah, 6 months in advance seems like a long time...but, trust us, the growers need advanced notice. To process thousands of orders, dig 100's of thousands of trees, bundle and ship them out on time is a major feat! We have been buying trees from L.E. … Read more about 2014 Fruit Trees
What is Mother Nature doing?!?!? This crazy weather has kept us hopping. Put plants in the greenhouse...haul them back out. Cover the birds...uncover the birds...do it again! Here is a link to the Old Farmers Almanac https://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange/TX/Houston If they are right, we … Read more about Mumbles and scriblin’s
Last week, while trying to avoid sitting at my desk and dealing with a stack of papers, catalogues and trade mags, I opted to do some watering. It's surprising how relaxing dragging a hose can be. It doesn't cause friction between the remaining brain cells and I get a nice long look at all the … Read more about Arachnid microscopicus
The worst gardening practices occur... I had to run some plants over to a landscaping job last week. The gated community has a beautiful entrance, really 1st class plantings. I was impressed with the lake, no floating trash...no weird green or blue dye added. As I headed to the address, I … Read more about Even in the nicest neighborhoods…