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Wisteria

What is the climbing, blooming, fragrant, vining vine that we all look forward to seeing this time of year? It will twine and climb and sprawl over fences, arches and other things in your yard that you would love to hide. Yes, it is the wonderful wisteria.

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What says “spring” more than the purple blooms of an iris? The tall, beautiful iris is named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows. She shows her spring glory in many colors but we all love that special purple of the goddess.

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Bonnie ‘B.L.’ Childers

The Jefferson County Horticultural Committee members welcome you to call and register for their T-Budding and Pecan Grafting Workshop. Grafting improves the quality of the pecans growing on a tree. The workshop is going to be led by none other than Bonnie Childers. Bonnie, or “B.L.,” could write a book on the subject. He is an extremely well-respected area gardening expert who has tackled this subject for years for the good folks of this community.

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The Prunus Mexicano is an elegant gorgeous tree more commonly known as the Mexican plum. And it is one of the first beautiful budding trees that we see in February and March. The Mexican plum tree reminds us that spring is just around the corner.

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It is time to get wise about water. Or do you have some questions about landscape design? The people who can help you are available this weekend. Saturday, March 7, from 8 a.m. until noon, the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Agency is presenting a timely and fascinating program, Landscape Design and Rainwater Harvesting. The fee to attend is only $10. The event will be held at the Beaumont Botanical Garden Center, 6088 Babe Zaharias, Beaumont.

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primrose jasmine

There are certain signs that spring really is around the corner. It may not look like winter is even close to giving up, but there are those teasing glimpses of cheerful color that make us know that warmer temperatures are on the way.

One of the classic plants to look for as a sign of springtime is the primrose jasmine. This shrub or climber can grow 4-8 or more feet in height. And the bright yellow blooms can brighten up the dreariest winter scene.

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Landscaping at The Grove Restaurant in Houston

When we have spring-like weather in February, I am reminded of my precious former mother-in-law, Mimi. Mimi was raised in a rambling country house near DeLeon, the real home of Dr Pepper. She was the oldest of 16 children. They knew their garden and they knew the weather. She warned every year to not be fooled by those balmy breezes in the midst of winter.

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Are you ready for this year’s Annual Tree Giveaway? Save some plastic bags or little cardboard boxes and plan on heading out to the Jack Brooks Regional Airport on Feb. 20 from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers from Jefferson County Master Gardener group will be on hand ready to give you your trees.

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Ever wanted to try your hand at growing vegetables? Just think of the pure joy of walking out your kitchen door to pick tomatoes, lettuce, peas, beans, onions and other things to put onto your dinner table that evening. And it’s not that hard.

Gardeners around here usually start their spring gardens in March after danger of frost has passed. Brave souls who want to grow their garden from seed can start indoors even earlier than that. You can plan on success with squash, tomatoes, corn, okra, peas, peppers and beans.

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Ok, I’ll admit, it has been just nasty outside lately. But as we optimists know, this just gives us a little time to plan for our springtime yards in the better weather to come. Let’s think about using this time to decide what we could do better this year. Or maybe we can use this time to dream about new areas of our yard that we could develop. Maybe we could get rid of a little bit of lawn and replace it with something much more earth-friendly.

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