I’ve done exactly the same thing…why isn’t it growing?

Why is it not growing?

We hear it every day: “I watered this plant exactly the same way I water the other plants. Why is this one dying?” Or a variation on the same theme: “I have always taken care of this plant exactly like this. Why is it dying now?” In both cases, the reason the plant isn’t thriving is because you are telling … Read More


Shop Local at your local garden

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

The Answer

“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


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