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In The Garden: Fresh Asparagus Anyone?

Yes, yes, I know we just survived our annual Icepocalypse. But that doesn’t mean that gardening stops in Dallas! If I didn’t crack my gardening whip and tell you to hop out of that gardening armchair, you just might miss out on planting some of the most desirable homegrown veggies. Specifically, asparagus.  Asparagus needs to […]

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In The Garden: Mason Bees are Powerful Pollinators

If you grow vegetables, berry bushes or fruit trees (or all of the above) then you already understand the importance of successful pollination. Flowers need to be pollinated in order to successfully produce a fruit. Even if you don’t grow your own produce in your backyard, your trips to the grocery store would be pretty […]

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In The Garden: Show Your Garden Some Love

I realize the Valentines Day “holiday” sends some folks running for the hills; but I’ll take any excuse to give and receive a little extra love. Whether you bestow a bit of extra love upon yourself, your partner, a friend or your garden, there are plenty of easy green-thumb-approved ways to get creative. As I […]

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In The Garden: Rose Rosette, A Killer Epidemic

Monoculture: The cultivation of a single crop in a given area. The term monoculture is the perfect word to describe what has happened to roses in Dallas. Over the last ten years, Knock Out roses have become a ubiquitous feature throughout Dallas landscapes. For good reason too: They’re the ultimate landscape plant. Unlike more finicky […]

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In The Garden: Pruning Fruit Trees.

It’s just about that time to prune your fruit trees, while they’re still dormant. Fruit trees are treated a bit differently than shade trees when it comes to pruning. While we never want to over-prune or over-thin our large shade trees, smaller fruit trees are often heavily pruned each year in order to produce the […]

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In The Garden: Turnip the heat.

First, let me just say that I pity the fool that didn’t spend time outside this past weekend. The weather was just about as glorious as it can be here in Dallas, especially given it’s January. While we often get a “January thaw”, with unseasonably warm sunny days, it’s still technically winter. That means root […]

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In The Garden: Winter Lemon Harvest

Just when the days are at their shortest and temperatures at a low chill, the sunniest of harvests springs forth from our Dallas gardens. Late-December and early-January aren’t exactly times you’d expect to be harvesting a bounty of tropical fruit in our climate. We regularly drop down to sub-freezing temperatures and ice storms are always […]

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In The Garden: Fresh Winter Cuts

No time to pick up fresh flowers? No problem. You probably have much of what you need right outside your front door. Winter is a great time to embrace foliage; bringing fresh cuts from evergreen landscape shrubs and perennials indoors is a great way to capture the season. I regularly use pruned stems of shrubs such as nandina, privet, loropetalum, holly and many others in vases around my home to create an earthy and natural feel.

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In The Garden: Bulbscaping Indoors

Bulbscaping: It’s what I call my indoor gardening activities this time of year. As herbaceous plants go dormant outdoors, try turning your attention to creating some spectacular bulb displays inside your home. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to force bulbs indoors for the holidays or the new year. While the image of the same-old paperwhites in a terracotta dish might not entice you to rush out to the garden center, know that forcing bulbs doesn’t have to be boring. You can shake things up with stylish containers, natural findings and ornaments to create stunning centerpieces or gifts.

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In The Garden: The New “It” Christmas Tree

I’m not one to do a lot of decorating for Thanksgiving or Christmas—I usually expend most of my decorating energies on Halloween (us child-free people have an obligation to give your kids a good scare they’ll remember for years to come). However, I’m big on nature so I like to bring a bit of it indoors for the holidays. When it comes to Christmas trees, or solstice trees, or festivus trees, or whatever you prefer to call them, fresh is always best in my book. A fresh cut tree and some live garland around my entryway typically get me set for the season. I have my tree delivered by North Haven Gardens the day after Thanksgiving, or “Green Friday” as I prefer to designate it. Rather than fight shopping traffic, I stay in and decorate the tree.

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