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

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