Summer’s Early Start

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Summer’s Early Start

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The warmest spring in history has brought about the earliest flowering and fruiting ever recorded for many plants at Powell Gardens.  Meteorological “Summer” begins on June 1st and a visit to the gardens now will reveal some shocking plants at their prime nearly a month ahead of “normal” schedules.  The pulsing buzz of the dog day or … Read More

Oh What A Season! (Spring 2012, That Is!)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Little did we know that the cold morning (24F) of March 6 would be the last freeze of winter and that day would begin the 2012 growing season.   Winter’s coldest low of +6F at our cold spot (+10F around the Visitor Center terraces) would mean our winter was more like the Red River Valley between Texas and Oklahoma!  Redbuds, our harbinger … Read More

Improving Heirloom Tomatoes

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Improving on tomatoes?  Well, sort of!  Those who love tomatoes know that the heirloom varieties have the best flavors and an assortment of colors, shapes and textures.  Unfortunately most of the varieties are not known for their ease of cultivation when it comes to plant vigor and disease resistance.  Tough tomato varieties that are vigorous and … Read More

Colors and Textures of Spring

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Though the calendar says mid-April the gardens have a decidedly May look to them with mid-spring flowers in full bloom and rich springy foliage bursting forth all around.  This is the season when shade gardens are at their peak and a visit to Powell Gardens’ Rock & Waterfall Garden is an annual ritual to see … Read More

Easter Floral Treats

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring has returned to Powell Gardens much to the delight of gardeners who can now play catch up with such a phenomenally early spring (caused by a few weeks that felt like summer!).  Enjoy the predicted seasonal temperatures in the 60s while they last!  It also makes the flowers last much longer and plants at Powell Gardens … Read More