Knowing when, how long to irrigate is vital

  The summer heat machine is here, and along with searing temperatures, there doesn’t seem to be much relief in the way of rainfall anytime soon. Welcome to summer time in East Texas. No doubt you have been watering a lot more than you were a couple of months ago. Just be sure you are getting the best results from each irrigation. Of course,…

Crinum lilies are hearty, easy to grow beauties

Every October when we have our annual bulb sale, crinum lilies are some of our best sellers. You can see why here in the picture. Crinums are seen all around our area, especially around old homes and even on neglected house places. They are huge, put forth very tall stems with multiple trumpet blooms and demand to be

Long-lived crinums give easy, bold color

Now that we are in the summer doldrums, with temperatures tipping the century mark and abundant rainfall a nice memory from a few months ago, plants that laugh at the heat will rise to the top of what we appreciate in our landscapes. Especially plants that seemingly will grow and thrive almost anywhere, even with no

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Colorful zinnias can take the heat

I know all of you are expecting something unusually beautiful and utterly unexpected for this article, but what could be more beautiful…

08 July 2015 [07:45 PM]
Only life-long, gluten-free diet can treat celiac disease

Celiac disease is a genetic disease, where gluten in the diet causes the immune system to attack the cells in your own body. Gluten is a storage protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The only treatment for celiac disease…

01 July 2015 [09:00 PM]
Extension Center sets field day

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton announced it will have a Horticulture Field Day, June 25, with guest speakers and tours of ornamental field trials. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and tours will be conducted in…

10 June 2015 [07:39 PM]
Master Gardeners' 'Jewels in the Garden' set for Saturday

Smith County Master Gardeners spring conference, “Jewels in the Garden,” on Saturday, will feature speakers and tours, organizers said. The one-day conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. Jean Smith, event publicity…

03 June 2015 [09:06 PM]
Unidentified small rose no doubt Lady Banksia

Dear Neil: When we purchased our home in 1972, there was a mesquite tree that was covered with a vine. The vine sported many tiny pale yellow blooms that looked like little roses. I believe they even smelled like roses,…

27 May 2015 [08:59 PM]
Lime mound spirea perfect small shrub

Spireas come in all sizes, colors, and shapes. Lime mound spirea is one of our all-time favorites in the IDEA Garden. Growing…

20 May 2015 [07:53 PM]
Gulf Coast Penstemon displays beauty

I love this little native wildflower. Penstemon ten-uis, or Gulf Coast Penstemon, blooms all the month of April and way into May…

13 May 2015 [08:46 PM]
'Jewels in the Garden' set for June 6

Three horticulturists will speak at a one-day gardening conference, “Jewels in the Garden,” on June 6 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, Smith County Master Gardeners, the organizing entity, announced. The conference is to inspire gardeners and provide practical information…

12 May 2015 [08:21 PM]
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