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Ennis Garden Club Yards of the Season

The Ennis Garden Club has announced the 2019 Spring Yards of the Season. The Yards of the Season are selected three times a year: Spring, Summer and Autumn. 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 […]

Growing 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 needs six hours of full sun per day to bloom, […]

So, how does your garden grow? – A spring checklist

Unlike contrary Mary of the classic nursery rhyme, you probably don’t have silver bells or cockleshells in your garden. But as spring escaped winter’s gloom, you were no doubt as ready as she for the bounty the season has since brought to your little patch of Mother Earth. Robin Smith, an Ellis County Master Gardener, […]

Summertime and the Iris

I know it’s still spring and I don’t want to hurry it along, I love it so. But I also love summer or, I should say, I love summer flowers – especially the Iris, one of my favorites. I can’t think of that time of the year without remembering my mother’s irises. Beautiful lavender ones […]

Product demo hosted by Tractor Supply

Tractor Supply Company is hosting its annual Try Before You Buy event, inviting customers in the Ennis area to stop by on Saturday, April 20, to experience first-hand a variety of power equipment products. From riding mowers to log splitters, customers will have the opportunity to test these heavy-duty items to find the best fit […]

Gilmore’s ‘Granny Girl’

Spring is definitely here in Texas, if you haven’t noticed by all the bluebonnets. But, let’s not forget about all the other flowering delights that bring us joy this time of year. For example, I received a call a couple of days ago from Carol Gilmore and she was just so excited about her blooming […]

Farmers Market begins 6th season on April 6

Making the start of their sixth season in downtown Ennis, the Farmers Market begins afresh on Saturday, April 6. Ennis Farmers Market returns its outdoor business on the resurfaced parking lot adjacent to Interior Ideas on Saturday, April 6. With new hours, 8 a.m. until noon, the popular venue opens with a fresh, new look. […]

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 […]

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