Newspaper Columns

Keith Hansen, Smith County Extension Agent, writes a column each week which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.  http://www.tylerpaper.com/TP-Gardening

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 The link above is to Keith’s blog which includes his column and other gardening news and tips.

Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener, writes a weekly column which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph each week.

March 19th column

We are starved for sunshine and life in the garden this year for sure.  Away withDSCN4954 copy the bone-chilling damp weather, welcome  sunshine and blue skies and spring flowers.  Blue skies are mirrored in this lovely little spreading veronica called “Georgia  Blue”  growing in both the Heritage and IDEA Gardens.  Georgia Blue makes such a sweet little groundcover in late March and early April.. It only blooms for a month but what a WOW factor in the garden!

Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue covers the ground with a mat of tiny green foliage all year and becomes a mass of tiny but very noticeable blue four petal flowers with bright white eyes in early spring.  This little veronica grows wonderfully here in good soil that drains well,  plenty of sunshine, and regular water.  Every few years you may have to pull out some, but the plant is never a thug taking over all the space surrounding it.  Small bulbs grow well amongst it.  I once saw a lovely planting of 8 inch tall tete-a-tete daffodils blooming in a mass of Georgia Blue Veronica and it was a knock-out.

The only care you will need to give this little ground cover is a slight trimming back after blooming (or not).  If you have even a small space in the sun, please get a start of Georgia Blue and enjoy it for years to come.

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