I know this is an unpopular opinion. But can we stop buying plants from Costco? Or any other windowless wholesale club or grocery store? Consider buying plants that are sold outdoors, that are not wrapped in plastic/kept in a cart, from a garden center with a knowledgeable sales staff. If you went to your independent garden center and there was … Read More

The Answer No One Wants To Hear

“Doc, what’s wrong with me?” No, not the answer to that question. It’s not quite so dire. But no one wants to hear the answer to this question, either: “What kind of grass will grow in the shade under my trees?” The answer is, there is not a grass that will grow in deep shade. Period. Sure, some box stores … Read More


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

Spring into Action — Indoors!

It’s too early for Spring Fever, but a warm day in February leads to pre-spring fever. Why not satisfy some of that urge by doing some indoor cultivating? Indoor plants are trending now, even among those who have never had an outdoor space to tend.  Indoor foliage adds beauty, and there is mounting research showing that indoor plants contribute to … Read More

Where are our 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