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In The Garden: Plant Garlic Now For Spring Harvest

October is the perfect month for planting in Texas. Cloves must be planted in the fall in order for them to receive the required chilling to form bulbs next spring. If you want a great harvest of garlic next May, then you must get your garlic cloves planted pronto! You can purchase garlic for planting at your local garden center this time of year, where you’ll find the best varieties for our area. Don’t use garlic you buy at the grocery store, as often times they are treated with growth inhibitors to suppress sprouting, or may not be the best variety for our climate.

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Best of Big D: Lambert’s Will Keep Your Grass Green

Everybody on your block is competing for the award of prettiest yard. Instead of spending hours whispering to your lawn, why not ask the experts? Founded in 1919, Lambert’s has been in the business of keeping North Dallas greens greener for nearly 100 years. Plus, they’re in charge of the Park Cities’ azaleas, which are both impressive and pretty. 6333 Denton Dr., Ste. 100. 214-350-8350.

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In the Garden: Choosing Fall Foliage Color

Here in Dallas, we’re not always assured a fabulous fall foliage season when it comes to trees. The key to stunning fall foliage color is warm sunny days, cool nights, and a decent amount of rainfall the previous year or season. It kind of has to be the perfect storm for us to score great fall color. Often, temperatures stay too warm and cloudy right up until a hard frost; then foliage turns brown and drops before it has a chance to turn color. Strong fall tree color happens every few years or so here and we feel lucky when it does. Watching the weather I’d say that we’re looking to be set up for some good fall color this year; but again, there’s no guarantee.

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In The Garden: Unconventional Signs of Fall

For some, the signal that fall has officially arrived might be the arrival of garden mums or pumpkins at their local garden center. For me, however, there are a few more unconventional signs that fall has arrived in my garden. One of my favorites? Morning glories.

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In The Garden: Fall is Fruitful

When you think of a fruit trees and their bounty, it often evokes thoughts of springtime blooms and summertime harvests. So with that perfect peach cobbler in mind, we run to the garden centers in spring looking for produce plants. If you’ve done this you may have found yourself picking over less than peachy plant inventory. Why so? Fall and winter are the best times to plant fruit trees and when you’ll find the best selection of available plants. Come spring, you’re often stuck with the leftovers.

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Best of Big D: Cebolla’s Floral & Gift Selection

We nominated, you voted, and now the results are in. Here are the winners in our annual search for Dallas’ finest florist, butcher, tailor, gift shop, party rentals, and more. Blue Print was selected as the best black for coffee table books, and here’s why. Click here to see all of our Best of Big D winners

You just remembered your friend’s birthday dinner is in two hours, and you don’t have a gift or card. Where to get all of the above in one fell swoop? You guessed it: our favorite floral shop. Choose from ready-made European-style arrangements and plants, pick up a sweet card to pen a memorable message, and add a delightful-smelling Tatine candle, and you will be the belle of the birthday dinner.

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In The Garden: Autumn is Sweet

It’s about that time of year when I start getting texts and emails with this question: “Hey, what’s that white stuff blooming all over White Rock Lake Park?” If you’ve taken a spin around White Rock lately, or perhaps live near creeks or other “wild” areas, you too may have noticed the “white stuff.”

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In The Garden: Ebony Makes A Subtle Splash

Creating harmony within chaos in a garden setting can be accomplished through creating anchors for your eyes. A resting place, if you will. Sometimes these anchors are specific features, such as statues, fountains, or pergolas. Sometimes the anchor can be a specific color. Ebony, or black, is one of my favorite garden anchor colors. You might be thinking “Black? What a horrible choice for a garden!” However, using ebony as an accent or anchor color in a garden can bring about a very soothing effect. It’s both sophisticated and calm and allows your plants to be the star of the show.

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In The Garden: Peppers Abound? Try Pickling…

I can’t imagine a summer garden without an abundance of peppers. Peppers, both hot and mild, are easy to grow and can be planted through the summer months. There are many varieties of peppers to choose from to suit any palette. Peppers also make great ornamentals and can be grown in patio containers. If you provide your plants with a sunny location and are fairly consistent about your watering (they are forgiving), you’ll end up with plenty of peppers for the eating and the saving until the first hard frost.

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