Volume 8, Issue 11

November, 2012

Welcome to Fall! With cold weather upon us as we send this, it's certainly time to start thinking about winter ahead. We have tips, tidbits and a lot of fun in this issue of e-gardens. We hope you enjoy it. If so, please share us with friends.

From the Sperry Gardens

This big old pecan tree and I go back 40 years. It's gotten better with age, but still, there was work to be done. I called my favorite certified arborists, and I'll show you what they did to protect both us and the tree.

Ask Neil

Have a question (and a photo!)? Want Neil's help? Send them to him here at e-gardens. He selects those of the greatest reader interest each issue of e-gardens. Click here to send your question and photo. Click here to see this month's answers.

Timely Tips October

We have the critical tasks of November here in e-gardens, and we invite you to check through the list now, as you make plans for the upcoming weeks. For a more comprehensive listing, order Neil's 2013 Texas Gardening Calendar today, while the pre-print price is still in effect.

Native Son

A garden writers conference takes our native son to Tucson, where a session on heirloom seeds generates excitement and inspiration. Click here to read Steven Chamblee's article about the beginnings of a new project.

Plant of the Month

If you've been disappointed with seed-grown alyssums in the past, you will be delighted to learn about the vigorous new hybrids for your cool-season garden. Jenny Wegley of the Dallas Arboretum writes this month about three new varieties of Lobularia.

Learn to Draw Your Own Landscape Plan!

We'll teach you how. Join three people you read here each month on Saturday, Jan. 26, as Neil Sperry, Steven Chamblee and Jimmy Turner teach you everything you'll need to know to turn out a lovely home landscape design. Savings of $20 on each registration will end soon, so sign up now. Here are the details.

Calendar Offer Extended!

Our lowest price of the year for Neil's 2013 Texas Garden Calendar. Offer expires very soon! This is the actual cover, and the rest of the calendar will be just as pretty. And, more than 10,000 words of when to plant, prune, fertilize and spray all your plants! Save 38% by buying it with a subscription to GARDENS Magazine today. Click for details.

Texas Tree Tips

Our much-loved oaks can sometimes be annoying, especially in years when they produce a bumper crop of acorns. Take a tour of oak, acorn and weather facts here, courtesy of Bill Seaman of Arborilogical Services.

Your Plants Are Cold, or Soon Will Be!

Wonder what to do the night of the first killing frost or first freeze? I've "stolen" two bullets of text from my own 2013 Texas Garden Calendar to help you. If you're not shivering too much to do so, press here for details. (There are hundreds of other bullets just like the two you'll see in next year's calendar. Better get it!)

From the Magazine

The November/December issue of Neil Sperry's GARDENS Magazine offers you information about garden facelifts, trailing pansies, naturalizing bulbs and much more. Click here to read Mike Sutton's article about solving the problems of shade, slopes and shallow soil.

Where You'll Find Neil

He's on the radio -- in DFW and statewide as well. Podcasts are available here. He's on Facebook. Join the more than 14,000 other gardeners on his page. He's on TV with the final episode of Dig In DFW for the fall season. (Fox4 KDFW, Saturday at 6 a.m. The listing as you set the DVR will say "paid programming.") Segments of the program are also on our website.

Come Run With Us!

Save Saturday, Nov. 17, for "Run the Trails," the 5K run and 1K fun-run presented by The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney. People will be coming from all over North Texas, and we hope you and your family will, too. Fun for all the family. Details here.

November Events

Once again we bring you a monthly calendar full of family events, festivals, plant sales and special exhibits at botanical gardens around the state of Texas. Click to find a listing of events in your area.


This issue the SPCA of Texas introduces Bruschi, Lanora, Jessie and Meeko, deserving pets who are waiting at animal care centers in McKinney and Dallas to find new homes. Click here to read about them and to learn about the SPCA’s special program for pet foster parents.

Rose Cuttings

The legendary rosarian Ralph Moore gave the rose world hundreds of varieties of miniature roses. This month Mike Shoup of the Antique Rose Emporium gives readers a glimpse into the contributions of this remarkable man. Click to read his article.

Tell Your Friends About Us!

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In Closing ...

That's it for another e-gardens. We'll be back same time, same e-mailbox next month. Again, we ask that you let others know about us. I promise we'll make you proud!

In the meantime, please remember to care for your plants as it turns cold, and please remember to vote!

Happy gardening!

Neil Sperry

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