Midsummer Bloomers

It’s full-on Summer now, and here in my part of Texas, the heat is a killer… of plants, I mean. Many, many summer annuals grown in other parts of the country just don’t survive our July-October heat and intense sun. There are a few, though!


Here’s a nice, concise article by Neil Sperry, longtime Texas Garden Guru, on some colorful annuals that take our summer heat. Some grow in more shade then others, but all grow in the high heat and humidity of Texas.

Plant some in your southern, Gulf Coast gardens now and enjoy them until the first frost.


June/July 2002 – The Summer Solstice

The Summer solstice

is behind us, and already the days are getting shorter. Even though there is still lots of summer left, lots of time to grow and enjoy our gardens, I’m always a little sad when it starts to stay darker in the mornings and gets dark earlier in the evenings. I had the same feeling a few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to drive over the Sierra Nevada mountains that lie on the California/Nevada border. Being at the highest point was spectacular and exhilarating. As the car descended through the pass and on into the Sacramento Valley, I felt a kind of loss. Then, in a few moments the feeling was gone, and I felt like myself again, full of confidence and energy.

And, that’s how gardening and growing herbs helps me feel: full of confidence and energy. Growing any type of garden involves many aspects of life: patience, learning, physical activity, sight, smell, taste, and risk are what comes to mind.

One learns patience by planting a tiny (or large!) seed and waiting for the seed to germinate, watching it grow, caring for the plant it becomes then enjoying the fruit of the plant whether it be a fragrant stalk of lavender or tasty leaves of thyme, a zinnia or an iris, tomato or cucumber, or a cherry or a peach. You can’t hurry Mother Nature. Continue reading “June/July 2002 – The Summer Solstice”