Blanco County News
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • Posted December 1, 2011
Blanco is beautiful! What a sight it was when all the Christmas lights went on. You will enjoy many additional decorations all around town. Be sure and take a walk through Bindseil Park and see all the lights and scenes that have been added this year, thanks to the merchants and individuals who provided the new ones.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • Posted November 21, 2011
I live off Hwy. 281 about 3 miles from downtown Blanco toward Johnson City. The plants that froze at my place were four-o-clocks. Downtown at City Hall, the four-o-clocks and lantana were nipped and they had to be trimmed. It just goes to show that different areas in the same town can have different climates.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • Posted November 10, 2011
Well, we had our first little freeze last week. Only one night, but I’m sure some of you experienced a little frost bite on some of your plants. I know it was 30 degrees out at my house (about 5 miles out of town) but we had few plants in town at Bindseil Park that got a little nipped.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 3, 2011
In November we begin to think about the holidays and doing the necessary chores to prepare for winter. This past winter and summer were very confusing for plants and people. My redbud trees are full of blooms, but it should bloom again this spring. It is time to harvest new potatoes. If our weather stays dry, potatoes may be left in the ground after the first killing frost, for a time. Complete moving the house plants inside.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 • Posted October 27, 2011
Christmas is in the air… believe it or not, one month from Tuesday Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in Blanco and we will light up the town. Music will play and all the Christmas lights come on at 6:00pm. The Christmas festivities begin. We will be having events for 3 weekends beginning on Friday, November 25.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 • Posted October 20, 2011
Fall is for planting; cooler temperatures and moisture make for less transplant shock. Plants have nine months to become established before the hot Texas summer sets in again. Fall is the time to plant bulbs. This is the time to choose new varieties and you will have a larger variety from which to choose.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 • Posted October 13, 2011
Well this wonderful rain is certainly going to help us keep Blanco beautiful. You can already see the green popping up in the dead grasses …the trees finally got a decent drink. They are looking greener and some leaves turning, but some that look like fall are actually dead leaves.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 • Posted October 7, 2011
Fall is really here, at least by the calendar. I have been reading and listening to the weather gurus and this is the most unusual season since I have been gardening. The past spring and summer broke many records, and not to our advantage. We received two inches of rain last week.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • Posted September 29, 2011 • Photos
Believe it or not Christmas is less than three months away. Keep Blanco Beautiful will start transforming Bindseil Park for Christmas in October and first of November. Our target date for completion is November 15. We will be designing a plan for the park, repairing decorations, checking lights, wrapping trees with lights, putting up scenes, etc.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 • Posted September 15, 2011
Have you noticed the flowers and trees blooming since the break in the temperature? The 100 degree plus temperature shuts down blooming for plants and vegetables. Fruit producing vegetables will begin bearing again when the weather breaks. There is much concern over the loss of large, old trees. Without rain soon, we will see many die.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted September 1, 2011
Just One Word: Plastics By Pamela Prescott Capps Arriving in my bucolic Blanco after a grueling day in a town nearby, I was disturbed to see so much garbage on 281 near the river. Dozens of plastic bags attached to bushes along the road floated up as each car passed. Eventually, some of these bags will wrench free of their anchor and end up in our beautiful river where they will wreak havoc on the delicate eco system. Recently, you may have heard that the good people of Brownsville enforced ...
Thursday, August 25, 2011 • Posted August 25, 2011
Breaking records isn’t always good, especially when the sun scorches the earth and rain is nowhere in sight. Thank goodness August is nearing the end of the month. The heat makes us think about water conservation and installing a rain collection system for future water saving. This is the time to take a walk around your yard and garden area.
Thursday, August 18, 2011 • Posted August 18, 2011
Water means everything to us. We drink it, cook with it, bathe in it and take it for granted. According to several water conservation websites, since 1990, water stress conditions are increasing in the U.S. That means that our duties to take good care of our precious water supply must begin now.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
Crime spree continues through hot days of Summer. The twelfth in a series of violations occurred in Blanco State Park last weekend. An unopened can of Bud was discovered unattended next to a picnic table where any juvenile could partake of its contents. Not only is this a violation of litter laws, in Texas State Parks it is an offense, subject to penalties, for any person to: 1.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 • Posted August 11, 2011
This drought has had a terrible effect on our trees, crops, and yards. The only good thing that I have discovered is which plants can withstand the scorching heat. Some of the perennials that have worked for me are: Four o’clocks, Turks cap, Ruella (Mexican petunias – purple, white, and pink), salvias, most species, Bouganville, moss rose, purslane, Craigs blue daze, Blue Plumbage and Copper Canyon daisy.