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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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In The Garden: Freeze Ahead—It’s Time to Move Indoors

With temperatures looking to hit right around freezing tonight, it’s time to bring some of your garden activities indoors. Since Texas climate suffers from what I like to call an “identity crisis”, many crops are still putting on ripening fruit just the first frosts hit. Fall tomatoes are often still green right about now and your pepper […]

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In The Garden: Tantalizing Tulips

Any seasoned gardener knows that growing tulips can be a bit of a hassle here in Texas. They don’t perennialize for us because our soil temperatures don’t get cold enough each year. That means you have to plant new bulbs every December. If you don’t properly chill them, or plant them at the right time or right depth, the results can be disappointing. It’s for these reasons that many of you forgo planting tulips. Even so, aren’t some things worth a little extra effort? For me, tulips are a non-negotiable part of my spring garden.

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In The Garden: Plant Winter Color Now

I know. . . it was 88 degrees yesterday. While the warm weather has probably made it easy to procrastinate on prepping your fall beds, don’t let the weather fool you. It’s still the time to add compost to landscape beds and start planting your cool season color, before we hit a hard cold snap.

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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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