No Mow Butterflies

No Mow Butterflies

Houston (and all of the rest of you as well), we have a problem…actually a number of them. As you probably know, I’ve given several thousand lectures across the state in my career. However, as a seventh-generation Texan and butterfly lover, I’m very surprised that so...
Goodbye Linda Gay

Goodbye Linda Gay

One of our most dedicated Texas horticulturists passed away last month. Linda Gay was far more than just a horticulturist, however. She was a dear friend, mentor, kindred spirit, teacher, lifelong fellow gardener, and former boss. In case you didn’t see it, this was...
September is a Game Changer

September is a Game Changer

Folks, I don’t have to tell you that our recent summer was hellish. But then again, most Texas summers are. In my elementary mental math, only about one out of every ten summers here is “tolerable” with adequate rainfall. So, for most of Texas, we live in a wet-dry...
Gardening with Kids

Gardening with Kids

Gardening as a child literally changed my life. It gave me a lifelong connection with nature, the outdoors, science, hard work, and healthy nutrition. Unfortunately, today most children are disconnected from the outdoor environment. Children are like dry sponges when...
Goodbye Mr.Post man

Goodbye Mr.Post man

I start most of my garden trainings with this revelation: Everything you plant will die. And no truer words have I ever spoken. Accept it and your relatively short period of time here on earth will be much more peaceful. Your job as a steward is to lengthen the...
Sunscald on Maples

Sunscald on Maples

Hot temperatures occur every summer in Texas and can cause ugly scars on young smooth tree trunks. Sunscald is a physiological disorder that occurs on the lower part of the trunk on the southwest side, typically on young trees. Thin barked trees such as Japanese...