Blanco has been a busy place these past weekends, with the Lavender Festival, June 11-13, and the All-School Reunion, June 19. The festival was a success, although we haven’t had any numbers or details yet, and the reunion was a full house.
Have you paid attention to the colorful crape myrtle trees around our little town, and especially downtown Hwy 281 and the courthouse grounds? KBB planted 25 crape myrtles last summer and some of them are beginning to bloom. We are looking forward to their blooms in the next 10-15 years. There are many varieties of crape myrtles. They are a very strong and drought-tolerant plant. For instance, the crape myrtles growing in the Super S Foods parking lot were planted in 1983. They are Red Bird crape myrtles. They were the only red trees that I could find at that time; now there are several red crape myrtle trees available. Our landscape company watered and fertilized them the first year, and they’re still blooming after 27 years. The fastest growing crape myrtle is Basham Party Pink. It is a very large tree and has pink and lavender blooms. Crape myrtles usually bloom from early May until frost. Removing the spent blooms and continued watering and fertilizing will increase the blooming time.
I hear good reports of heavy production of fruit trees this year. Figs, plums, peaches, and pears should be watered and fed as needed.
It’s time to begin preparing the garden for fall planting. Start your seeds for fall tomatoes, okra, peppers, and eggplant. Continue to water and fertilize your garden on a regular basis. Pick the squash, peppers, tomatoes, and beans while they are tender.
The second-generation Pecan Casebearer insect will emerge 42 days after the first. Apply an approved insecticide, fungicide, and zinc sulfate. Continue to water and mulch all plants to keep down weeds and help retain moisture.
Tip: Keep tomatoes evenly watered to avoid blossom end rot and cracking.