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Substitute shrubs with succulents

July 18, 2015
Substitute shrubs with succulents

Woody plants with multiple stems or trunks, such as hollies, yaupon or junipers, are obvious selections for inclusion in landscape designs.

These evergreens are attractive, durable and available in many sizes, but they are not the only plants that adequately fulfill the role of “shrubby” plants.

Shrubs add weight, shape, texture, color and dimension to planting compositions.

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Select plants that withstand the scorching summer

July 4, 2015

July brings on the heat, forcing plants and gardeners to cope with its consequences. Flowers fade. Soils dry quickly. Weak plants falter. Lawns brown. And thirsty landscapes require irrigation.

When hot summer weather strikes, drought- and heat-tolerant plants fare best in area landscapes, especially when they are carefully selected, thoughtfully planted and well tended throughout the year.

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How to recognize plant problems

June 20, 2015

Gardens are lovely to view but difficult to maintain in pristine condition.

Unfortunately, there are no perfect landscapes, especially when they are affected by harsh weather. After an especially wet spring, area landscape plants are showing evidence of pest, disease and moisture-related damage.

After years of drought, it seems a bit unfair to complain about rain when area landscapes are lush and green, and rivers and lakes are full.

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Bring lunch and learn companion planting

June 20, 2015

Brown bag it and learn about companion planting Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m.

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present the program in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

It is free.

Master Gardener Jo Beth Cloud will instruct, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

Companion planting is the practice of placing plants in a garden in such as way that it is beneficial to one or more of the plants.

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Watershed workshop Tuesday

June 20, 2015

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a free watershed steward workshop in Granbury Tuesday starting at 1 p.m. in the Granbury Resort Conference Center on East Pearl Street.

Water quality related to Lake Granbury and watershed management in general (including hydrology, water quality, water quality law, agricultural and urban best management practices) will be discussed.

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Scootin’ in the rain

June 20, 2015
Scootin’ in the rain

Nine-year-old Milo Hall’s scooter sure came in handy when it came to skipping puddles in the pouring rain during her trek with Austin Cooper Wednesday morning on East Pearl Street. Hood County received another soaking with 2 to 3 inches of rainfall reported across the area. Austin is a friend of the family.

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Grow captivating daylilies

June 6, 2015
Grow captivating daylilies

Daylilies are simply captivating – beautiful, easy to grow and tolerant of Texas weather extremes.

They are available in many colors ranging from standard yellow and orange to pink, red, pink, lilac, maroon, purple, salmon and dozens of combinations. By planting multiple daylily selections with varied bloom habits, gardeners may enjoy a long-lasting floral display.

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Brown bag it and learn

June 6, 2015

Lake Granbury Master Gardeners (LGMG) will present “Companion Planting” on Tuesday, June 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in Annex I, 1410 W. Pearl St.

Master Gardener Jo Beth Cloud will instruct. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and learn during this brown bag seminar, which is free and open to the public.

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Why are flowers fragrant?

May 9, 2015
Why are flowers fragrant?

Shakespeare would be shocked.A rose by any other name does not smell as sweet.

Why?

Today’s flowers are generally far less fragrant than past blooms. Modern plant breeding maximizes color, shape and other characteristics rather than scent. But hold your noses, new research may alter this course.

Researchers at the Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture believe that understanding the biology of floral scents could yield important agricultural benefits.

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‘Untamed’ gardens more well planned and contained than they appear

April 25, 2015
‘Untamed’ gardens more well planned and contained than they appear

Annuals, herbs and perennials vie for attention.

Every inch of soil is covered with vegetation. Borders are a riot of color. And all manner of foliage, height and form exist.

All these descriptive statements summarize the traditional cottage garden, which spills over pathways and brims with colorful flowers. Visitors to cottage gardens are often overwhelmed by the experience.

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