If you missed the 2017 Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale last Saturday, you will have another opportunity. Master gardeners will conduct a sequel to the fall plant sale from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Discovery Garden in Carbide Park, 4102 Main St., in La Marque.
Most gardeners have been anticipating the arrival of the first “genuine” cool front. With all due respect to the science of meteorology, my definition of a cool front in the fall is one that gets your attention by immediately uplifting your spirit when you first walk outside in the morning.
Periodically, I am asked how I decide what topic to write about in this weekly column. Well, sometimes it’s a straightforward process as in last week’s column about pruning and fertilizing plants in the landscape.
Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced over 15,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.
The dog days of August have arrived. Daytime temperatures have already danced around the century mark during the last week of July so there is no need to remind you that August is the peak of the heat season in Galveston County.
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Have you ever had a landscape tree die, even though it was properly planted, fertilized and watered? If so, you would be in the company of many homeowners who were well-meaning in their actions but unknowingly played an adversarial role that would eventually result in the demise of a tree.
At this intensely hot time of year, I like to remind people how important shade trees are in our landscapes. Even more, the hot summer months are the best time to determine where additional shade is needed.
Q: The trunk of my pecan tree has several horizontal layers of numerous holes with each layer spaced an inch or two apart with the holes in each layer being rather evenly spaced from each other. What caused the holes?
People commonly take their longest vacations in summer and they generally remember to make arrangements to have someone take care of everything from their pets to the newspaper.
While gardeners love flowers for the beauty they provide to the home landscape, few gardeners grow flowers for eating. That’s a shame because many flowers, in addition to being edible, bring lively flavors, colors, and textures to salads, soups, casseroles, and other dishes.
During midmorning last Saturday, I was sitting on a bench in the herb garden located within Fruits ‘n Such Orchard’s pick-your-own operation in Dickinson. Fruits ‘n Such Orchard was one of the sites featured on the Home Orchard and Garden Tour conducted last weekend.
The master gardener volunteers and Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office will co-sponsor a Fruit Orchard and Garden Tour on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The program is free of charge and open to the public.
Q: Clumps of some type of organism have suddenly appeared on the trunks of my crape myrtle and oak trees. The clumps look like bark except they move one area on the tree trunk to another area throughout the day. What might they be?
The Galveston Arts Center will present its Life Drawing Studio from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through May 22, June 5 through 26, July 17 through Aug. 7, Aug. 28 through Sept. 25, and Oct. 16 through Nov. 6 at 2127 Strand St. in Galveston.
Hurricane season will officially start in about 3 weeks (on June 1 to be precise) and meteorologists and emergency operation center managers have three words of advice: prepare, prepare, prepare.
The cool front that arrived over the past weekend was refreshing. As May will soon be arriving, we should be prepared for warming temperatures and longer, sunnier days — a change of seasons.
Over the years I have become an ardent admirer of bulbs of all types. Bulbs are easy to plant and care for, and suitable for beds or containers. It’s hard to believe that so much beauty can come from such humble origins.
Q: One of my pine trees was recently struck by lightning a few weeks ago during a severe thunderstorm. Is there anything I can do to save the tree or is it likely to die?
A new behind-the-scenes guided tour at Moody Mansion offers small groups access to areas of the mansion not normally open to the public, along with insight into the life and legacy of the late Mary Moody Northen.
Editor’s note: Hurricane Ike caused the loss of 40,000 trees on Galveston Island. The Galveston Island Tree Conservancy was formed to address that loss and has replaced almost 16,000 through grant-funded plantings and giveaways.
This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Rosenberg Library honors Capt. Herbert Allaire Robertson of Galveston as its Treasure of the Month and will exhibit items related to this fallen Galvestonian during April. The library will also open a larger…
April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green.
Celebrating the 22nd year of showcasing the arts to area families, this year’s Grand Kids Festival, hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District. Admiss…
Sometimes we Galvestonians create wonderful entertainment and learning experiences for folks from all over the world to enjoy — yet our own neighbors miss out. Let’s not let that happen for the unique Raptors Uncorked dinner and wildlife show April 8, right here in Galveston’s historic Topga…
The Cultural Arts District in historic downtown Galveston will come alive on April 1 with music, children singing and dancing, live entertainment, stage productions, bands, puppets, storytelling inside a giant tepee, a bubble pond, a petting zoo, and over 50 booths showcasing hands-on arts a…
Theatergoers are invited to attend the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, “Next to Normal,” which is currently running at Island East-End Theatre Co., 2317 Mechanic St., in Galveston.
During my morning run a George Michael song came on and started to fill my ears. While I was listening to the song, I remembered that it was the same song Adele sang recently on the Grammy Awards show. Did you see what happened? After singing the first few minutes she realized she was off ke…
There’s an old saying about March, “In like a lamb; out like a lion and vice versa.” It all boils down to March weather being unpredictable at best with blustery winds most likely. That’s why the Friends of Galveston Island State Park set April 15, a month later this year, as “Beach and Bay;…
In general, insects have a bad reputation. The vast majority of insects either cause no harm or are in fact very beneficial to mankind. However, there are a few that cause us problems. Among insect pests that most homeowners dread, termites certainly rank at the top.
Last Saturday, I was able to tour some sites on this spring’s Azalea Trail sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club. Even though the prime flowering period for most of the azaleas had passed, the remaining azalea flowers provided ample glints of colors to lighten up the drab and cloudy day. A…
River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash will have its 24th annual cleanup of the Galveston Bay Watershed at 8:30 a.m. March 25. This event promotes environmental stewardship of our watershed through public education by utilizing hands-on educational tools and developing partnerships between …
Artist Boat is hosting a second Beautify the Bucket Competition this spring. Individuals, groups and families can claim and paint a trash barrel destined for Galveston Beach. Painted barrels will add to the beautification efforts all along Galveston beaches and will encourage the proper disp…
I have been a cello player with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra for 20 years. I look forward to the orchestra season each year. At 4 p.m. Sunday at The Grand 1894 Opera House is our next concert. There will be a piano concerto with a great soloist. That will be fun. Then a classic, Dvorak S…
In honor of Women’s History Month, College of the Mainland will host several talks as trendsetting career women share their stories, setbacks and successes.