Sad to say, but simply driving over any bridge spanning Lake Granbury will remind you that we are experiencing devastating drought. Although there may be numerous reasons for low lake levels, there is no doubt drought is a key factor.
Seeing sandbars located where boats once cruised should be a wakeup call to all who maintain gardens and landscapes in North Central Texas.… Read the rest
To honor Texas Independence Day, consider planting a heritage garden.
This type of landscape feature incorporates native plants, utilizes historic garden styles and often emulates the surrounding natural topography.
So what are Texas’ historic styles?
Native plant experts Sally and Andy Wasowski believe Spanish-speaking settlers brought their Moorish-influenced garden designs to Texas in the 1600s. These designs lacked lawns, but featured courtyards, garden beds and patios.… Read the rest
Attractive and enthralling seed packets promise gardening success in 60-120 days. Flowers, vines, veggies and herbs grow and mature in the blink of an eye. What fun!
While a few plants, such as sunflowers, are famously easy to grow from seed, the reality of starting plants from seeds is more complicated than seed packets indicate, especially if started indoors. Many plants have specific needs that must be met.… Read the rest
Although this is winter, the garden beckons. New plantings of cool-season vegetables may now be started, perennials need tending and annuals require fertilizer.
It’s time to brave the cold and grab a spade!
Start your vegetable garden by removing winter debris, adding compost to the soil and making repairs or adjustments to your irrigation system, which should consist of drip hoses to maximize water efficiency and minimize diseases.… Read the rest
Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present an educational program on rose cultivation Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in County Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.
During the hands-on workshop, “Earth Kind Roses – Care & Propagation,” attendees will learn the basics of tending and propagating roses.
Each attendee will leave the program with a propagated rose start from the LGMG Demonstration Garden.… Read the rest
Yes we should have, could have, would have … but probably did not. Many of us were caught by surprise when record cold weather struck earlier this month. It’s likely we did not protect our gardens adequately.
The extent of the damage depends upon the species, position of the plant in the landscape, moisture level of the soil and the presence of certain weather elements such as harsh wind, ice accumulation and number of days below freezing.… Read the rest
If the thought of leaving your colorful containers bare during cool weather gives you the chills, take heart.
In Texas, many plants fare well when overwintered in pots, provided they are given a bit of protection in frigid temperatures.
The trick to container gardening in cold weather is selecting plants with attractive foliage in addition to cool season flowers. For example, dwarf forms of yaupon, nandina, juniper, holly, rosemary, germander, red yucca and boxwood make fantastic container plants.… Read the rest
Plant bulbs now for showy spring
In the Lone Star State, durable plants abound.
Many are bulbous, such as iris, daylily, cannas, daffodil and grape hyacinth. Fall is the best season to plant many common bulbs. To best enjoy these tough beauties, learn a few bulb basics, such as:
Technically, bulbs are underground structures that contain the nutrients that plants need to sprout and flower.… Read the rest