Roses have basic needs – water, sunshine, nutrients, well-drained soil and a bit of tending to help them maintain an attractive form.
Although heavy pruning is generally left for late winter or early spring, roses benefit from light trimming in fall, especially if they are overgrown. Roses that sport long, heavy or crossing canes may not fare well in winter winds, sleet or snow.… Read the rest
Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present a program on rose cultivation Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hood County Annex I Meeting Room, 1410 W. Pearl St.
During the hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the basics of propagating roses. Each attendee will leave the program with a propagated rose start from the LGMG Demonstration Garden.… Read the rest
Water is definitely our most precious natural resource.
In Hood County we are blessed with a good supply of safe drinking water. Whether it is from a municipal supply or private water wells most of us can enjoy a refreshing drink of water any time we wish without the fear of it being contaminated.
However, there are times in which our water supply can become contaminated by a variety of contaminates.… Read the rest
Have you ever thought about the sex that takes place in your garden?
Let’s clarify that question. Do you ponder the wonders of plant reproduction?
Plant “sex” is extraordinarily varied. Flowering plants strut their stuff to attract pollinators, typically insects, to ensure their ongoing survival. The breeze satisfies other plants. Still others need a little attention from birds or mammals.
Spore and cone-bearing plants, like ferns and pines, reproduce with the help of wind and water.… Read the rest
So few species of common garden plants are sold in garden centers.
The marketplace responds quickly to changing horticultural tastes. Gardeners, however, preserve their favorites from year-to-year by dividing or propagating them and passing them along to friends. Bulbs, perennials, grasses, roses, fruits, vegetables and more are rescued from obscurity each year.
Today, there are several organizations, catalogs and growers dedicated to rediscovering these “heirloom” plants.… Read the rest
Many plants known as salvias are great selections for drought- tolerant gardens.
In this large plant family, many of the small shrubs and herbaceous perennials sport colorful, sometimes fragrant blossoms and aromatic foliage. Most flowering salvias are also beneficial for wildlife, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Flower colors range from white to pink, blue and purple.
In Texas, Salvia leucantha is known as Mexican bush sage.… Read the rest
Hummingbirds are an extraordinary gift of nature.
Clad in beautiful jewel-like iridescent feathers, hummers have hearts that race more than 1,200 beats per minute while in flight. And while tiny in size, hummingbirds are capable of amazing flight acrobatics.
Hummingbirds live on nectar and by eating small insects such as aphids, gnats, spider mites and spiders. The insects provide essential protein, vitamins and minerals while the nectar gives the birds the energy they need to fly long distances.… Read the rest
You need not wait a century to enjoy growing agave.
Commonly called century plants, agaves make dramatic accents in the garden while also demanding very little water or maintenance. These native Texas plants are easy to grow, thrive in dry locations and add a natural Southwestern flair to landscapes.
Agaves are evergreen shrubs unlike any others you may cultivate. These architectural succulents grow 2’-5’ tall depending upon species.… Read the rest
Basil is a popular culinary herb, but it is also loved for its fragrance, foliage and flowers. As an extremely easy-to-grow warm-weather herb, basil is a staple in many Texas gardens.
Basil is used extensively to flavor dishes, and it is the main ingredient in pesto. It is also used in teas, herbal baths and insect repellents!
Basil is an annual that’s easily grown from seed, either planted or allowed to self-sew.… Read the rest
Herbs are known as beneficial. Some are aromatic, while others are flavorful. A number are medicinal. Still others make nice groundcovers. And many herbs act as food and nectar sources for wildlife. Perhaps a less heralded benefit is attractive blooms.
While not all herbs produce flowers, most perform beautifully spring through fall. They mix well in perennial and annual beds, often providing color that bridges the seasons.… Read the rest