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Around Town – Indian Trails Master Naturalist Wildflower Walk

Indian Trails Master Naturalist Wildflower Walk Identify different types of wildflowers during a half mile stroll through Mockingbird Nature Park, 1361 Onward Rd., Midlothian. Master Naturalists will lead the stroll through the park to identify different wildflowers during the approximately onehour stroll. The walk is free to the public and begins at 9 a.m. Walkers […]

Farm & Garden

Recently “Central Texas Gardener,” the KERA-TV show, re-aired a favorite episode of mine. The guest spoke of the many references to gardening in the Bible. I enjoyed learning about the various flowers, plants and herbs that we still enjoy today that have a Biblical history. I have listed some of the most common below. But […]

Factors to consider when choosing and applying mulch

Homeowners may associate mulch with springtime lawn and garden care, but mulching in fall can benefit a lawn as well. According to the Morton Arboretum in Illinois, mulch protects roots against extreme temperatures, and not just those associated with summer heat waves. Mulch is often connected with its ability to help soil retain moisture during […]

Blooming Wisteria

I want to share an idea for an arbor to train your wisteria on, or really any vine that catches your fancy. Grape vines are wonderful, of course, and I see wild ones growing everywhere around Ennis; there’s one at Kachina Prairie that I saw last year. The arbor I helped build was for wisteria. […]

Get Ready: Early Spring Landscaping Tips

During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. Draw inspiration from those budding crocuses and daffodils pushing through the last […]

Bluebonnet Oasis Property Owner Opens Land to Tourists

Julia Schloss specializes in one of a kind, “fantasy” photography on her land at Palmer. A local artist is officially opening up her property to bluebonnet lovers this spring. Julia Schloss, well known to Ennisites as well as her to her neighbors in Palmer, is throwing open the gates to her home in the country […]

7 reasons to shop farmers’ markets

A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets doubled across the country. Farmers’ markets will continue to thrive and expand […]

Explore Flower Meanings for Valentine Giving

Come mid-February, florist delivery trucks can be seen making the rounds through neighborhoods all across the country. Such trucks are transporting thousands of bouquets, plants and other floral arrangements that serve as gifts on Valentine’s Day. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, florists take in around $400 million in revenue on Valentine’s Day. […]

Early-Blooming Spring Flowers

The arrival of spring is a welcome occurrence for many people. Budding flowers are among the harbingers of spring. Spring flowers can revitalize winter-weary people just when they need it most — and provide reassurance that brighter, warmer and longer hours of sunlight are just around the corner. Cold-tolerant flowers are hardy enough to start […]

Around Town – Master Naturalists to Meet

Indian Trail Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist will meet on Jan. 28, 2019 at 5 p.m.at First United Methodist Church, Family Life Center – Gathering Room, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie. The group will be making bird treats and suet balls; peanut butter pinecones; and fruit garlands to be placed on Saturday, Feb. 2 in parks […]

Randy Bigham – The Lazy Gardener – Dreaming of morning glories

The morning glory is a beauty and if you don’t have this vine in your garden, you really ought to. Although we in Texas have little to really grumble about when it comes to winter, in comparison to what our friends in the north have to deal with, here any cold is too cold. So […]

How tree services can protect your property

Cold weather can take its toll on a property, especially in regions of the world where winters are harsh. Most parts of the landscape are vulnerable to damage from winter storms, but trees may be especially susceptible. By the end of winter, many homeowners wonder if their trees would benefit from some professional TLC. Tree […]

Master Gardeners announce scholarships

Ellis County Master Gardener Association (ECMGA) will make scholarship funds available in 2019 to deserving high school seniors pursuing studies in horticulture/life sciences – related fields. In 2003, Ellis County Master Gardener Association (ECMGA) decided to make scholarships available to graduating high school seniors residing in Ellis County. The group wanted to provide opportunities to […]

How to help your lawn bounce back from winter

Lawns are exposed to the elements throughout the year, and each season brings its own unique set of challenges. Summer heat waves can make it hard for lawns to maintain their lush green appeal, while the falling leaves of autumn can threaten root systems if not handled properly. Winter frost and snow also can pose […]

The garden in winter

If you’ve done any planning at all for your garden, you know there are certain features that stand out and which you’ll want to be a focus for viewers year-round, no matter how ugly winter might be. Think about structural pieces that give form and mood to your garden: sculpture, garden furniture, rocks (or boulders) […]

Ennis Garden Club Yards of the Season

The Ennis Garden Club has announced the 2018 Autumn Yards of the Season. The Yards of the Season are selected three times a year: Autumn, Spring, and Summer. The yards, nominated by members of the Ennis Garden Club, are selected in each of the four EISD elementary school districts. Homes are chosen using the following […]

Ennis Garden Club Yards of the Season

The Ennis Garden Club has announced the 2018 Autumn Yards of the Season. The Yards of the Season are selected three times a year: Autumn, Spring, and Summer. The yards, nominated by members of the Ennis Garden Club, are selected in each of the four EISD elementary school districts. Homes are chosen using the following […]

Tips for winterizing your garden – Randy Bigham The Lazy Gardener

Winter is about a week away, and while it’s a time of dormancy for most of your flowers and other plantings, it’s not necessarily a time of compete laziness. Pre-winter garden chores: To keep them from cracking in the cold months ahead, empty out all your containers and store them upside down. On a day […]

Autumn is a prime time to tend lawns and gardens

Autumn is gardening season. That statement may not seem right to those who think of the spring as the peak time to care for lawns and gardens. However, autumn is an ideal time to get into the garden and ensure that flowers, trees and garden beds will over-winter successfully. A number of things make autumn […]

The bluebonnet’s co-star: In praise of the Indian Paintbrush

Only the bluebonnet is more plentiful than the Indian Paintbrush in spring. The Texas bluebonnet may be the star of spring wildflowers here in the Lone Star State but the Indian paintbrush is another beautiful flower that’s earned a costarring role. The two flowers are often seen together, complementing one another against the green grass […]

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