Get past August “Grr” with garden gifts all year long

August 15th, 2012 Posted in Summer plants, bees, birds, butterflies, caterpillars, early spring flowers, native plants, philosophy, snow, winter color

In August, when gardeners flag “a little,” sometimes we need a boost to get past the “Grrr” and remember the gifts we’ve given ourselves, our neighbors, and our wildlife.

Mexican plum fruit

Bee on Pride of Barbados

romantic plumbago
'Patrick' abutilon

In our gardens, we give the gift of life to the creatures that share and enliven our world. They return their thanks via the ultimate gifts: discovery and joy.

hummingbird on turk's cap

Gulf fritillary butterfly on bougainvillea

And what a gift when they entrust us to raise their young!

Gulf fritillary caterpillar

As gardeners, the gift we truly give ourselves is the ability to look ahead: to get past the doldrums and envision an ever-changing calendar of enchantment.

Gulf Fritillary butterfly on lantana

Bee on aster
'Country Girl' chrysanthemum and aster

Bee on goldenrod
Oxblood lily with plumbago
Lindheimer muhly
Agave striata in snow
Narcissus 'Gigantic Star'
Baby blue eyes and oxalis

In every season, Central Texas Gardener is right with you every single week to share the gift of knowledge, inspiration, and to help make your garden adventure a little easier.


This week, we ask for your support to keep this garden growing! Our 1-hour special airs on KLRU at noon and 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 18. Or you can pledge online at any time and watch online after Thursday to pump up the August blues.

Many thanks for your support from the CTG team! Linda

  1. 18 Responses to “Get past August “Grr” with garden gifts all year long”

  2. By Carla Jean Oldenkamp on Aug 15, 2012

    Thank you CTG. I was just telling the chickens today how I was “so over” summer and asked if they felt the same. They agreed but were thankful for a fairly temperate summer of 2012.


    Linda reply on August 15th, 2012 6:51 pm:

    Thanks, Carla, for checking in! Kisses to your brood!


  3. By Linda Jo on Aug 15, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder that there is still beauty to be found in the heat of Central Texas


    Linda reply on August 16th, 2012 3:24 pm:

    Dear Linda Jo, thank you for stopping by! Sometimes it’s hard to see past this heat!


  4. By Cat on Aug 15, 2012

    We are so blessed to have CTG! Many thanks to you and all at CTG for all y’all do. Your blog and the program is such an inspiration and a huge source for knowledge. Sincerely I thank you ;)


    Linda reply on August 16th, 2012 3:23 pm:

    Oh, Cat, you just made my day! Thank you so much! The summer doldrums do have me in a funk.


  5. By Hella on Aug 16, 2012

    Thank you for the beautiful photos Linda! They are a treasure in this heat.


    Linda reply on August 16th, 2012 3:22 pm:

    Thank you, dear Hella!


  6. By Jo Dwyer on Aug 16, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful Linda. Your photos never fail to brighten my mood, especially during these summer doldrums!


    Linda reply on August 16th, 2012 3:22 pm:

    Thank you, Jo! You brighten my day every time I think of you!


  7. By Indore Flowers on Aug 16, 2012

    Oh…I love your garden trellises over the walking path. Beautiful idea.The borage looks so healthy and full. You must have sent us some of your rain because we got some much needed rain today. Your back garden looks like a respite and a spot to enjoy all of the work you put into the garden. It is very beautiful.


    Linda reply on August 17th, 2012 2:55 pm:

    Thank you!


  8. By Carol on Aug 18, 2012

    Thank you for the beautiful photos! Can’t watch your 1 hour special here, but enjoying the rain and 77 degrees right now!


    Linda reply on August 19th, 2012 9:56 am:

    Thank you Carol! You can always watch CTG online at Best to you and your cool weather!


  9. By timmy on Aug 18, 2012

    Love your show… I was hoping for a solution. I have three Mexican Palms in my from yard… I want to donate them to go into a park or a road median. They need to be excavated…their trunks are four feet tall. I don’t want them to die from the shade of a Oak tree. Who would I contact????


    Linda reply on August 19th, 2012 9:55 am:

    Hi, Timmy! Let me talk to some folks!


  10. By margaret christine @ notes from maggie's farmf on Aug 18, 2012

    Thank you for such a stunning visual reminder to look for the pretty even in the hardest days of summer.


    Linda reply on August 19th, 2012 9:55 am:

    Thank you, Margaret!


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