Do It Now

We just completed another fabulous (if tiring!) weekend at the Arts Alive! Home and Garden Festival in Wichita Falls. As I stood in our booth greeting old friends and potential new friends, the phrase I heard over and over was, “We’ll be out to see you in a few weeks, when spring gets here.” And my answer was always, “Why … Read More

Where are our Christmas Trees?

Christmas Trees

“Where are our Christmas Trees?”  Chapter 38 Or, “When the Gales of November Come Early” The best-looking cut Christmas trees come from up north — usually Oregon or Michigan. The freshest cut Christmas trees come in just before people are ready to take them home. And that’s where the trouble begins. Often, when you wait till the last minute to cut … Read More

What You Need to Know About Rose Rosette Disease

June 2018

Avid rosearians have long been aware of Rose Rosette Disease and its devastating effects. Rose rosette is the Emaravirus and it is spread from plant to plant by mites that are almost microscopic. Although the mites are too small to see, the effects of rose rosette are quite obvious. Numerous small, red stems come off a single branch, which is … Read More

It’s Time to Stop Blaming the Drought

May 2018

Although our terrible drought and the draconian watering restrictions are now more than three years in the past, we talk to several people every day who are still blaming the drought because their yards look terrible. Yes, the drought did a lot of damage, and yes, some things are slow to recover. But it is time to move on and … Read More

We are not Successful Unless You are Successful


“I’ll bet that last freeze really helped you out because you get to sell more tomato plants to all those people who had theirs freeze!” We have heard this countless times in the past few weeks, after late freezes played havoc with some tender plants. No, we never like for people to lose plants they have spent time and money … Read More