likeThis week, I am begging and pleading with you to like GardenLine on Facebook!

Here's why:

First, I only post one message each week in this blog page. Same goes for my newsletter. They're usually the first to offer rules, protocols, to-do-lists, etc. I often post the same message on Facebook, but because I've become more active there recently, I'm often posting additional things you need to do or think about.

I realize you may already be "liked up" with us on Facebook, but I have more than twice as many KTRH GardenLine newsletter subscribers as I do Facebook followers. So, if you've been on the fence (as I was two years ago) about getting involved with Facebook, I'm asking you to set aside any worries and at least get linked up with the GardenLine page there. I promise you will not get any spam or adware or anything by just "liking" me on Facebook. Be sure to click "Show in News Feed" or "Get Notifications" after you hit LIKE, then you'll get all the up-to-date GardenLine information you could ever want.

Just looking through the last two weeks of Facebook postings, here are some things I was able to share that simply couldn't wait until the Thursday morning newsletter or Friday blog posting:
The Cut Flower Grower's Association Big Event Registration
Fruit Tree Sale Schedule Reminder (two of those)
Grafting Citrus Rules to Take Advantage of Seed-grown Plants
All-inclusive Tomato Variety List For 2014

Plus, we always promote sales or big events with many nurseries, garden centers, feed stores and hardware stores. That way, you'll always know when one of these places has a special class or magnificent deal that might pique your interest. And, we use Facebook to keep you informed about upcoming GardenLine appearances.

I try not to repeat what has already been posted on Facebook in these weekly blogs, but I am doing it this week in an effort to show you why liking us on Facebook is a good idea. Below is Monday's FB posting.

Polar Vortex Survivor Plants

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Verbena
Coral honeysuckle
Dwarf nandina (Flirt)
Blue chip butterfly bush (Budleia)
Mahonia (Soft caress)
Shrimp plants (Especially yellow lemon sorbet)
Foxtail Fern (That's mine in the picture.)
Delphiniums
Mule palms
Ligularia (Giant, crested, spotted/leopard)
Texas mountain laurels
Plum yews (Prostate and upright)
Acanthus/Bear britches
Bottlebrush (Callistemon)

Mind you, I didn't include any landscape plants related to roses, because almost all roses, (hybrid tea, floribunda, shrub, miniature and especially the Earth Kind) love cold weather and benefit from it. So, to make this list, landscape plants/shrubbery/perennials had to look fine after freezes and ice without any protection.

This doesn't mean, however, they are all in full bloom, nor does it mean they look perfect.

Another benefit of having these plants is their "bounce-backability" once the weather normals out. The picture of my foxtail fern was shot after the Icemageddon event last Friday. It sits between the house and garage where all the north-to-south winds flow through, and it has not been covered once for freezing weather in over five years.