Houston Rose Society: February Pruning Party

Houston Rose Society: February Pruning Party

Join us this month for our Pruning Party to learn from Consulting Rosarians how to correctly prune bushes that will be given away as door prizes! It is great time to ask questions and leave the meeting with new information along with a new rose bush! As in the past,...
Dogwood Determination

Dogwood Determination

I made two vows to myself as a budding young gardener; to never pull up a bluebonnet and to never chop down a dogwood tree. I dearly love each of them, but both have proven difficult for me to cultivate in my life. That doesn’t keep me from trying, however. The...
My Amaryllis Family

My Amaryllis Family

One the very same day that Mrs. G asked me why I never brought her an amaryllis bulb at Christmas like my mom used to do for me and I in turn later did for my Granny Ruth in the nursing home, our Ag Agent, Clint Perkins, brought in an appalling lump in his hand and...

Sooty Mold

A common question that the Smith County Master Gardener Help Desk often gets asked is, “Why are the leaves (or trunks) black on my plants?” But this year there were new questions about white, fuzzy little “snowflake” insects blowing in the wind, and particularly on...
Fall is for Planting

Fall is for Planting

Fall is my favorite season. It’s the perfect time to work on your landscape. Perhaps you have an area that needs a makeover.  Fall is the best season for planting trees, shrubs, and woody vines, followed by winter, and then spring.  Summer is the worst.  Autumn is...
Tree Deep in Thought

Tree Deep in Thought

Recently, one of my Smith County Master Gardeners loaned me a copy of the book, Finding the Mother Tree-Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (Suzanne Simard, Knopf, 2021). It’s about the relationship between all the plants in a forest and their mycorrhizal fungal...