Growing Pumpkins

Growing Pumpkins

What child among us, or in us, doesn’t like picking out a pumpkin? And what baby boomer didn’t grow up hoping Linus would finally see the Great Pumpkin? And, who doesn’t wish they could grow their very own? It’s not easy in Texas, but it can be done. The key is...
Running Wild

Running Wild

After a recent Greg Grant Gardens Facebook post on Vitex agnus-castus ‘Lecompte’ generated several comments about “invasiveness,” I thought a primer on natives, exotics, and invasives would be appropriate. First of all, what is a native?  An adapted plant?   One found...
Rising from the Ashes

Rising from the Ashes

COVID was a pain in the aster (and the arm).  The snow and ice were pretty for a few pictures, then a non-electric mess.   And the Big Freeze was nothing short of devastating for our precious plants and landscapes.  The brown carnage was a sight to behold.   Plants...
Pollinators in Peril

Pollinators in Peril

Houston, we have a problem. And since we, as humans, are 100% of the problem and we, as gardeners, are fully complicit; it’s our duty and obligation to do something about it. And when I say “we,” I certainly include “me,” because believe me; I’ve done my damaging...
The Grass is Always Greener

The Grass is Always Greener

Recently, a lady contacted our office about to have a horticultural stroke over a short paragraph I wrote about lawns in my “Dealing with Freeze Damage on Plants” notes on my Greg Grant Gardens Facebook back in February and March.  Who would think that six sentences...
Native Texans

Native Texans

You wouldn’t think being from Texas would prepare you for cold; but it does—sort of.  If you’ve been here long enough you’ve probably witnessed everything from very dry to very wet to very hot to very cold.   I’m only 58, but I’m been through both droughts and floods...