Beat the Heat Garden Plants:
Crepe Myrtles, Hibiscus, Lantana (Dallas Red), Passion Vine, Plumeria, Purple Angel Trumpet, Honeysuckle (Pink Lemonade), Giant Zinnias, Pride of Barbados,
Dutchmen's Pipe Vine, Spider Lilies.
Houston Chronicle 7-1-2017 byline: Melissa Ward Aguilar
Cheerleaders in the Garden:
Hydrangeas boost spirits with their big pom-pom blooms-when you get just the
right spot where they get both sun & shade. Mopheads sport cheerful, globe-shaped flowers; Lacecaps have a more delicate, flatter blossom with lacey florets.
Most hydrangeas grow best in moist, well-drained, organic soil with good morning
sun and some afternoon shade. Little Lime, a prolific Proven Winners variety has
pale green blooms; has a higher drought tolerance than most hydrangeas, it needs to be watered about twice a week.
Since the pH of the soil influences the color of many varieties of big leaf hydran-
-geas, you can change the color of your blooms.
Houston Chronicle 7-22-2017 byline: Melissa Ward Aguilar
Make Soil Water-Smart: Container Plants.
Fluffy potting mix cannot hold moisture for long stretches. Add Hydro-gel Poly-
-mer crystals that swell with water, then slowly release moisture back to the roots.
Miracle-Gro Water Storing Crystals. $8.68 for 12-oz. bag. HomeDepot.com .
Planting: Sprinkle 2 teaspoons into a 1-gallon pot of soil, add plants, then water thoroughly.
For existing planters, poke holes into the soil with a pencil, add crystals, cover,
then water. This should help a container garden from wilting during a dry spell.
Source: This Old House July-August 2017
(When it is hot, we have to water containers daily to keep plants from wilting. Our glazed containers get hotter than the clay pots.)
Old Home Remedy: Treating Bugs.
Those pesky bugs feeding on your plants can be keep in control while feeding your
plants. Mix together: One small can of beer, 5 tablespoons of liquid dishwash-
-ing detergent, 2 tablespoons of commercial plant food in liquid or powder form.
Use a spray bottle attached to your water hose, water plants as usual. The soap
kills bugs, but not your plants. (YAY !)
Heloise Hints: by Rhonda P., Lodi, Calif. 6-19-2017 Houston Chronicle
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4166, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd.
one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338.
Buchanan's Native Plants
, 713-861-5702, 611 E.11th, Heights. 77008.
Tues. Aug. 1 Gardening by the Square Foot w/ Galveston County Master Garden- -er John Jons. AgriLife Extension Office, 281-534-3413, 4102 Main, La Marque.
6:30 -8 p. Free: pre-registration required @ aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/Galveston
Wed. Aug. 2 Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4160, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. Humble 77338, presents: Student Research Symposium. 5:30 p-8 p.
Free. Register: 713-274-4160.
Fri. Aug. 4 Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens, 713-274-4160, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. Humble 77338, presents: Project Learning Tree. 9:30 a-4 p. Free.
Sat. Aug. 5 Maas Nursery, 281-474-2488, 5511 Todville, Seabrook, w/ Jim Maas
& Pat Cordray. Hanging Baskets. 10 a. $25. Register: maasnursery.com .
Sat. Aug. 5 Peckerwood Garden, 979-826-3232. 20559 FM 359, Hempstead,
presents: Peckerwood Insider's Tour.
Thurs. Aug. 10 Genoa Friendship Garden,1202 Genoa Red Bluff, Attracting Blue-
-birds to your Garden w/Master Gardener & Master Naturalist Linda Crum. 10:00
a.-11:30 a. Free.
Thurs. Aug. 10 Barbara Bush Library, 6817 Cypresswood Dr. 77379, Fall Vegetables w/Harris Co. Master Gardener Green Thumb Program. 6:30 p. Free.
Register: 713-274-0950, hcmga.tamu.edu .
Sat. Aug. 12 Montgomery Co. Master Gardeners Program, Texas A&M Agrilife
Ext. Serv. Conroe, 936-539-7824, 9020 Airport, presents: Bees: Love 'em and
Raise 'em. 9-11 a.m. $5. mcgma.com .
Mon. Aug. 14 UH Clear Lake, Bayou Bldg. presents: Rain Gardens w/Chariss
York from the Texas Coastal Watershed Program. Native Plant Society of Texas-
Clear Lake Chapter meeting. 6:30-8:30 p. Free. (Fee for Parking.)
Tues. Aug. 15 AgriLife Extension Service, 281-534-3413, 4102 Main, LaMarque,
A Homeowner's Guide to Weed Control w/Galveston County Master Gardener John Jons. 6:30-8 p. Free: pre-registration required: aggiehorticulture.tamu.edu/
Tues. Aug. 15 Spring Branch Memorial Library, Harris Co. Master Gardener Green
Thumb Program presents: Fall Vegetables. 6:30 p. 930 Corbindale. Free. Register:713-274-0950. hcmga.tamu.edu .
Thurs. Aug. 17 Freeman Branch Library, 16616 Diana Lane, presents: Fall Vege-
-tables. Harris Co. Master Gardener Green Thumb Program. 6:30 p. Free.
Sat. Aug. 19 Maas Nursery, 281-474-2488, 5511 Todville, Seabrook. presents:
Plumeria, w/Jim Maas & Loretta Osteen. 10 a. $25 maasnursery.com .
Sat. Aug. 19 Maud Smith Marks Library,1815 Westgreen, Katy, presents: Fall
Vegetables .Harris Co. Master Gardener Green Thumb Program. 10 a. Free.
Sat. Aug. 19 Peckerwood Garden, 979-826-3232. 20559 FM 359, Hempstead,
presents: Evening @ Peckerwood Garden Lecture w/horticulturist Adam Black.
5-7 p. $10. register: peckerwoodgarden.org .
Arbor Gate Plant Nursery,
281-351-8851, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball.
Sat. Aug. 26 Garden to Vase w/Pat Hermes, Houston School of Flowers.
10 a.-12 noon.
Sat. Sept. 16 Basket Weaving w/Pat Hoge. 10 a.-12 noon.
Crepe Mrytle Care:
Few flowering plants can compete with the crepe myrtle. Nearly every stree in the
South is lined with these blooming trees from mid-June to mid-August and beyond.
Easy to maintain, available in all sizes, colors and shapes. Red, white, purple or pink. The more sun, the more flowers you get, needing at least 6 hours of direct sun.
Crepes have a reputation for growing fast. Cutting off the green seedpods that
hang on after blooming in mid August can generate a second-blooming in late
summer, but less robust than the earlier blooming.
Spring or fall is ideal for planting in well draining soil. If planting in summer, you must water daily until leaves drop in the fall. One day of dried roots could be fatal. Do not resort to the ill-advised pruning practice known as 'crepe murder.'
Four fave selections: Miami: water-melon-hot pink flowers, grows 18-to-25 feet tall. Natchez: long-blooming white flowers; grows up to 35 feet. Zuni: long-
blooming lilac-lavender flowers; grows 6-to 10 feet tall. Biloxi: light, baby-pink
flowers, reaches 35 feet tall. Southern Living 6-2017
Both are in the same family: Cyprinidae. All koi have the same body type and can
vary in color. They can also grow up to 2 to 3 feet in length. Most goldfish are
orange, with a few types that also have black, white and calico coloring. They come in a variety of body shapes and stay relatively small in size.
Japanese koi usually grow 22 to 26 inches long. Jumbo-size koi grow up to 36
inches long. Houston Chronicle 7-15-2017 Source: Kolacres.com
(Happy Gardening Y'all ! Don't work too long in the sun; follow sun into the shade.)
Arbor Gate Plant Nursery
, 281-351-8851, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball.
Joshua's Native Plants & Garden Antiques. Houston Heights.
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
, 281-443-8731, 22306 Aldine Westfield Rd. one mile N. of FM 1960, Humble 77338 .
20559 FM 359, Hempstead, TX. peckerwoodgarden.org .
Adam Black, director of horticulture at Peckerwood Garden.
The Woodpecker: with its unique head construction can bang away with its beak, like a jackhammer, searching for insects; but it does not injure its head. Wow !
Dog Park Etiquette 101.
James Hamm, president of the International Assn of Canine Professionals, shares
Min. Age: Pups under 4 months are more likely to contract infections.
Enter with Caution: Most of the congestion takes place around the entry fences.
Be patient and let other dogs disperse before entering.
Pick Up After Pups: Common courtesy calls for always cleaning up after your
dog. Most of the parks listed below provide bags, but pack your own just in case.
No treats allowed. Bringing treats or toys into the park area is a No-No.