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GLOBAL WARMING and your garden

I’m not a political person, but I tend to think there’s something to the global warming argument. Maybe it’s not at a point where we need to be overly alarmed but we should certainly take precautions. I mean warmer temps now are just a fact and there are some simple ways we can accommodate that […]

New video dissects how to treat bark scale

DALLAS — A new video by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist gives viewers step-by-step instructions on treating trees for crapemyrtle bark scale, or CMBS. “Maybe its worst feature is that it produces a sugary excrement that makes the leaves sticky,” said Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas about the pest. “It turns the […]

Planting and growing irises

I know many people locally who grow irises, and admire them in their gardens every late spring to early summer. The iris is named for the Greek goddess who rode astride rainbows, and the colors of the flower are appropriately colorful. You will enjoy having it in your garden. It’s hardy and pretty easy to […]

It’s hot but fall planting is approaching

Can you believe we are just weeks away from September? And although we are all sweltering in the Texas summer heat, it’s actually time to start thinking about your fall vegetable garden. August is the ideal time to plant many types of vegetables for fall gardens. Unfortunately, many novice gardeners, and many veterans, miss this […]

Knock out roses: Beautiful, easy

If you haven’t considered knock out roses, you really should. Some people are wary of roses, thinking they are difficult to care for. Not so with all types. And it certainly isn’t true of the knock out variety. Not only are they easy to grow and maintain, there are great advantages to having a knock […]

Growing and caring for tulips in your garden

I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love a tulip. This jewel of the garden heralds the beginning of spring as brilliantly as the daffodil. The Farmer’s Almanac at almanac.com provides some important tips for growing and caring for this lovely flower. Planting tulips: “Bulbs are planted in the autumn before the ground freezes,” recommends the […]

Gardeners outgrow their home

Making a good first impression at the downtown Farmers Market is a couple with quite the green thumb. In fact, their first vegetable garden took over their living room. Swinson Farms, located on an acre in Ennis, has quickly established itself for not just their vegetables, but also for their blend of colors. Kalden and […]

Tips for growing hydrangeas in Texas

It’s essential that hydrangeas be protected from excessive heat, which means they aren’t always the best choice for Texas, even here in North Texas. Exposure to light from the northeast is best or else light from the north or the east. They need a kit of water. Setting your sprinkler on manual us suggested. Keep […]

The oleander: Beautiful but poisonous

I don’t usually talk about planting something I wouldn’t consider for my own garden but in this case, while I can’t recommend it, I want to warn you about it if you insist on having one in your yard or garden. The oleander is lovely. That’s undeniable, and I was so entranced by the 1990s […]

Add a koi pond to your garden

Lovers of nature enjoy the peace that water brings to any pastoral setting, whether it’s a babbling brook in the woods or a trickling waterfall in a terrace garden. But what is more soothing than a koi pond? With its colorful varieties of Japanese carp darting among rocks and plants, this touch of nature transforms […]

Planting peonies in the Texas climate

Believe it or not, you can grow peonies in Texas. Who can resist peonies? With their big, fluffy blossoms, they enchant us. Peonies usually like cool weather but, if properly looked after, they do adapt to warmer climates, even to the hot temperatures we face here in Texas. Best places to plant: The garden peony […]

How to grow your own bluebonnets

Several readers have asked over the last month about bluebonnets and how to cultivate them. Now, as they are gradually disappearing, we’re having withdrawals. I always hate to see them go, don’t you. But fear not. If you aren’t a completely lazy gardener, you can indeed grow your own in pots or in a small […]

Master Naturalists ask for guests on Wildflower Walk

The local Master Naturalist group invites the public to a 1-hour nature walk among the wildflowers at Mockingbird Nature Park in Midlothian on Saturday, April 14. The walk, at 1361 Onward Rd., begins at 9 a.m. and requires outdoor clothing, closed-toed shoes and drinking water. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition […]

Repelling bugs with ornamental flowers

Ornamental flowers, such as marigolds, can repel certain insects and mammals from a garden. Two weeks ago, I shared some ideas for planting herbs that ward off bugs, and I wanted to follow up on that with some recommendation for ornamental flowers that also repel those pesky critters. Most of these are simple to grow […]

Nature’s repellent: Plants that ward off bugs Randy Bigham

Nobody likes fending off insects or having to wear repellent every time you step outside to enjoy your garden, so consider adding some plants that ward off those pesky mosquitoes, gnats and flies. Ornamental flowers can do the trick while adding beauty to your yard but why not start with herbs? “Essential oils in these […]

Blooming Good Business

Above: Store Manager Brian Jones unloads some rose bushes at Tex-Scapes on S. Kaufman Street on Thursday afternoon. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

Grow a fragrant garden with honeysuckle

There are over 180 species of honeysuckle including vines and shrubs. Chances are you have some or admire them in others’ gardens. My mom has had them since I was a child and many are the memories I have of summers spent playing in the backyard, surrounded by fluffy bushes of honeysuckle which my sisters […]

Farmers await another bountiful crop

Ellis County farmers are already fast at work, planting for harvesting what could be a bumper crop. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, an estimated 119,400 acres will be planted this year, most of it corn. In fact, 60,400 acres of corn will be planted, 55,200 of it will be harvested. The NASS […]

Planting camellias: Three favorites for your garden

Don’t you love camellias? My mom has them in a side garden, sort of tucked away, but they are always such a delight to see, especially at this time of year. They are blooming right now, in fact, and are the prettiest things going now. Propagation by seed is, according to the American Camellia Society, […]

Texas Master Naturalist Presents Lichen-Forming Fungi of Texas

The Indian Trail Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists will host a presentation by Dr. Taylor Quedensley, a research botanist at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. The program will be held on Monday, Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 505 W. Marvin Ave., in Waxahachie. It is part […]

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