“Summertime and the living is easy.” I guess that’s true in a certain sense. If possible, people do tend to get inside during the midday hours. As a child, there was no air conditioning. So we were expected to lay down for a nap during the hottest hours. However, that luxury isn’t available for the ranchers and others who have to be outside all day here.
For the gardeners, summer means that most work has to be done before noon and much more watering is needed. If you have a lot of plants in containers, it means lots of hand watering.
Everyone is being encouraged to plant milkweed to help Monarchs survive. The most common one here is Antelopehorns (Asclepias asperula), which is a native and grows in our fields. However, I wanted one that is prettier in the yard. Thankfully this one, Texas Milkweed (Asclepias texana), survived the winter in a pot.
Although Kolache is not winter hardy, it’s a go-to plant for containers in mostly shady areas. Kolaches grow large and are easy to propagate. Just break off a stem and stick it into potting soil. Keep the soil moist, not wet, until it produces roots and begins to grow. They’re great pass-along plants.
Always a trustworthy perennial summer bloomer, Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) is aggressive, so be prepared with space for it to spread. A low to the ground variety does not spread, so it’s an option.
If your summer months are extra hot, hope you can enjoy some cheerful flowers and some cool air conditioning.
“People find it far easier to forgive others for being wrong than being right.” Dumbledore (Harry Potter book)