Having the Blues

Having the Blues

If you are a rose grower in Texas, I do not have to tell you how disastrous it has been the last few years. First, there was the devastating 2021 freeze, followed by a severe drought, followed by an “out of the blue” first “frost” in the low teens. Sadly, many of the...
Virused Roses Must Be Destroyed

Virused Roses Must Be Destroyed

Rose rosette is a serious rose disease that is present in Smith County “as we speak.” Every infected rose must be destroyed immediately so it does not spread to other roses throughout our home and public gardens. Tyler does not have the option of not growing roses. It...
Ecological Gardening

Ecological Gardening

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the importance of ecological gardening—a practice that seeks to harmonize human habitation with the natural world. Rather than viewing gardens as isolated patches of flowers, shrubs, and lawns, ecological...
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

I love the 1985 movie The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. One of my numerous favorite scenes is the reunion of Celie and Nettie at the end where they run through the field of flowers to greet each other. Ignore the fact that cosmos is native...
Growing Vegetables in Containers

Growing Vegetables in Containers

Container gardening sounds very appealing, and it is for those who have no ground in which to garden. Just be warned that gardening in containers in Texas is harder than gardening in the ground. The number one limiting factor with container gardening in here is water....
Welcome Back Miracle Monarchs

Welcome Back Miracle Monarchs

As the warmth of another fleeting Texas spring breathes new life into the natural world around us, one of nature’s most magical events unfolds—the spring migration of monarch butterflies. Each year, our official Texas state insect embarks on a remarkable...