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Trash to Treasure, Tree Health, Tasty Spring Rolls

Sometimes plants are easily fooled. Cloudy, cool days and rain prompted spring-blooming daylilies to greet the first of September. Spidery red Lycoris radiata sticks to the rules. Its most radiant years happen when we get late August rains—this year due to Harvey. Some in my yard mark where I circled them around a Chinese mimosa | read more →

Flowers, Food, Community: CTG Season Premiere

Last week, long lines formed to fuel up, including hummingbirds, butterflies and tiny pollinators on my Turk’s cap and rain-prompted Oxblood lilies, always a September treat. At the Mueller Community Garden, lots of bees harvested Sylvetta arugula, leaving the spicy leaves for the gardener’s salads. Butterflies and others landed in a raised bed of native | read more →

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Proactive Tree Care

air date: September 16, 2017

How can we help our troubled trees or avoid problems? Consulting arborist April Rose takes us from the ground up for made-in-the-shade tips to nurture your trees. Daphne identifies fungal leaf spot on native Texas ash trees and explains what to do. Plant of the Week is native American beautyberry, beloved as an understory tree in shade that feeds pollinators and birds. In Lytton Springs, creative recycling designers Alicia and Joe Thornton turn yesterday’s trash into today’s treasures. Casie Luong joins Trisha Shirey to make refreshing spring rolls with tips from her Vietnamese-born parents and Trisha’s fresh harvests. Get their recipe!

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September To Do List

This month's tips for how to care for your plants, pruning, fertilizing, lawn care, and preping for your garden. Read the entire to do list.