Most, but not all, 'mums' do not bloom until fall

For generations, chrysanthemums have blessed Southern gardens. I remember my mom had these little white ones, plus pink, purple, yellow and red ones. Chrysanthemums, better known as “mums,” are easily grown. Some would bloom shortly after school started and others in October and November. The little red ones would…

Silver and gray lamb's ears help bring out garden colors

Lamb’s ears appeal to children - me included! Children love to touch soft fuzzy things, so when they come through the garden they notice our lamb’s ears. We encourage them to touch and feel them. Many of us love to use all our senses in a garden. Of course, seeing is the primary sense we encourage, but learning to

Mexican mint marigold is a pre-frost beauty

One of the last flowers to bloom before frost, Mexican mint mari-gold (Tagetes lucida), a favorite herb in the IDEA Garden, puts forth hundreds of little golden flowers that are great used in tea, salads and potpourri. Mexican mint marigold is an excellent substitute for the herb French tarragon, thus the name “Texas

Almond verbena makes IDEA Garden smell good

Use all your senses when you enter our gardens - especially your sense of smell. If you love to smell your flowers as well as look at them, please come out to the IDEA Garden and enjoy our almond verbena (Aloysia gratissima). Look up as you walk onto the circular path near the north entrance. You will see a 10-foot or greater shrub blooming with

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Hardy Mexican bush sage likes it hot

Salvias are some of the most important perennials in all of our gardens. Some begin blooming in spring, but most of the…

29 October 2015 [04:42 AM]
Welch to speak Saturday at Garden Lecture Series

The East Texas Garden Lecture Series will continue on Saturday in the Tyler Rose Garden Center with guest speaker Dr. William C. Welch. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $15 at…

22 October 2015 [05:40 AM]
Quitman Arboretum sets plant sale

The Friends of the Arboretum at the Quitman Arboretum & Botanical Gar-dens announced it will have its annual Fall Plant Sale from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Stinson House. Offerings will include trees, azaleas, Black Diamond crape myrtles,…

08 October 2015 [04:39 AM]
Blue butterflies stay hardy during winter

Do you like butterflies? Well, take a look at this nodding cluster of lovely blue butterflies in the IDEA Garden. Clerodendrum ugandense…

01 October 2015 [05:24 AM]
SFA professor Barnes to help kick off Garden Lecture Series

Dr. Jarod Barnes will open this season of the East Texas Garden Lecture Series with “Herbaceous Design - Incorporating Annuals & Perennials into Your Garden,” at 9 a.m. at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, Texas AgriLife Extension announce. Barnes is…

17 September 2015 [04:39 AM]
Pomegranates bring delicious beauty

Pomegranates grew on my grandparents’ place, and we children as well as many neighborhood children loved to eat them. The softball-sized orbs…

10 September 2015 [05:10 AM]
Get ready for seasonal change

Keith Hansen, Keeping It Green This will be my last Keeping It Green column I write for the Tyler Morning Telegraph as…

27 August 2015 [05:15 AM]
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