The bad news is: we didn’t finish our trimming and clean-up this past Tuesday. The good news is: it was too wet to work. We didn’t complain! We plan to replace and refill some of the pots on the east side. We are still finding homes for the remaining trees given to Blanco by LCRA.
This is the season to trim crepe myrtles. Trim broken and crossed limbs. Don’t lop off, even across the top. This is called Crepe Murder. It will have a birds nest look when the trees begin to grow again. If it is too large for the space, do selective pruning of limbs, back to the main trunk, or move to another location. They can be moved during the dormant season. There are many sizes: dwarf, medium, tall. Know the type you need before shopping.
You still have time to plant cool weather plants. Peas: snap, snow, and shell; lettuce, collards, turnips, cauliflower, potatoes, and cabbage. I let some of my veggies go to flower (bolt) to attract bees. We are in a bee crisis. In order to attract bees and other pollinators into your garden, place a saucer with a mixture of honey and water on the ground near the plants. Add small stones in the saucer for the bees, butterflies and other flying insects to sit without getting wet feet. This could be one of the problems with your trees and plants setting fruit.
For your information: honeybees tap 2,000,000 flowers to make 1 pound of honey. A hive of bees flies 55,000 miles to bring you 1 pound of honey. The average worker honeybee makes 1 and a half teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
The butterflies are beginning to appear. If you enjoy these flying flowers, plant annuals and perinnials that have bright color and fragrance. Visit your local nursery for many choices.