Volume 8, Issue 10

October, 2012

The very best gardening weather of the entire year will be coming your way over the next couple of months. Take advantage of it to redo important parts of your landscape, get ready for new garden spaces for 2013, and tidy things up for the fall. We have important details in e-gardens this month. We hope you enjoy it!

From the Sperry Gardens

With temperatures falling, first frost can't be far behind. That means it's time for me to take cuttings of my more prized plants. These peperomias are very special to me, and they're easily started from cuttings. These will be prime plants in our gardens next year. Tips for success in rooting your cuttings.

Ask Neil

Would you like Neil's help with your plant question? Send him your question and a photo here at e-gardens. He chooses those questions of widest reader interest. We have answers to this month's questions right here. Please remember that you need to include a photo.

Timely Tips October

Neil's annual gardening calendar has every possible thing you'd want to do for each month of the New Year, and you can order it here. He has the most critical items among them listed here in e-gardens.

Native Son

The end of September finds our native son another year older and taking stock of things. A trip out of state and then back home to Weatherford yields some special birthday pleasures. Read Steven Chamblee's story about liatris in September.

Plant of the Month

The striking forms of ornamental millet are among the fall favorites of horticulturists Jenny Wegley and Jimmy Turner at the Dallas Arboretum. Jenny writes this month about the dramatic 'Jade Princess." Click to read her article.

Landscape School at Special Discount

After 18 years, we've reformatted our Home Landscape School. We have a lot of new things in store for you -- we've made the best even better. Learn from Neil and other pros how to design your own landscape plan, and leave with a working drawing for your first big project. Click here for details and our limited-time, early-sign-up special offer. It's bound to sell out, so sign up today.

Calendar Offer Ending Very Soon

If you want our lowest price of the entire year on Neil's 2013 Texas Gardening Calendar, you must order now. Once the calendar goes to press, the price will go up, and it will never come back to this pre-print special. Learn more and order.

Texas Tree Tips

Those lovely crape myrtles! There are so many different views about how to prune them. This month Steve Houser of Arborilogical Services gives us his thoughts on the subject.

Rose Cuttings

Several old roses put on a great show in Texas gardens in the fall. Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium shares a bit of early Texas rose history with our readers this month. Read his account of Emily Zavala's garden.

From the Magazine

The September/October issue of Neil Sperry's GARDENS Magazine contains articles about fall lawn challenges, wildflower meadows, cool-season veggies and more. You'll want to read Neil's article about his favorite time of the gardening year.

Dig In DFW's Fall Season Continues

Neil hosts this weekly television program covering all aspects of home gardening and cooking. We have segments of the program on our website, but you'll really want to see the entire thing. Saturday mornings at 6, Fox4 TV KDFW Dallas/Fort Worth. Set the DVR. You'll enjoy it!

Feed Those Plants Now!

It's the perfect time to fertilize your plants. Experts will tell you that this fall feeding is the most critical one of the year. The best time is early October, and we have the best products. Get all the details and a list of sources.

October Events

It's a busy month for Texas gardeners, with a calendar full of garden festivals, home garden tours, seminars, and plant sales. Find events in your area on our October e-gardens calendar.

Join Neil on Facebook

What sorts of things does Neil share on Facebook? Answers to gardeners' questions. His open and honest opinions. Garden Tips of current importance. Photos from his own landscape and gardens. And, every once in a while, stories and photos of family. (Hey, it wouldn't be Facebook without those.) Here's a quick link to his page.


This month we introduce Madre, Luna, Conan and Sassy, all pets waiting at SPCA centers in McKinney and Dallas for loving new owners. Click here to learn their stories and to read tips for keeping your pets safe this Halloween.

Let a Friend Know About e-gardens

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In Closing ...

That's it for e-gardens for October, but we'll be back same time, same e-mail box in just a month. If anything critical happens before then, we'll send you a special note. In the meantime, if you enjoyed it, please let your friends know.

Until next time, thanks for reading -- and Happy Gardening!

Neil Sperry

Neil Sperry's e-gardens newsletter
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McKinney, TX 75069
Neil Sperry - Publisher
Carolyn Skei - Editor
Gretchen Drew - Administrator