Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

July 22, 2013

From a Gardening perspective

Firecracker gardening

Editor’s note: This article was written earlier in the summer, before the rare July rains brought some reprieve from the heat. However, the county remains in a drought and employing water-wise gardening, as suggested by the Palo Pinto County Master Gardeners, will offer low-maintenance beauty.

By Carolyn Barnard

Palo Pinto County Master Gardener

Every year at this time I wonder how my garden will survive with little rain and little relief from the firecracker-like heat. Actually, preparing a garden for this time of year starts with plant selection and water planning.

A wide variety of Texas native and adapted plants can survive, and even thrive, under hot and dry conditions.

Some of the most heat- and drought-tolerant perennials for our area are salvias and sages. They offer a great variety of size and colors for our gardens.

Salvia greggii, also known as “Autumn Sage,” is a medium-sized, airy shrub that comes in red, salmon, fuchsia and (my favorite) “Hot Lips” – red flowers with white centers.

Cenizo (Texas Sage) is a bit denser. The “Silverado” cenizo comes in dwarf or full size, with silver gray leaves and lavender flowers every time it rains. Russian Sage has tall spires of tiny lavender-colored, tubular flowers… and these are just a few salvias. Your garden center will show you many more.

Other selections are native Lantana (yellow and orange 3-5 feet tall) and smaller yellow Lantana that stays under 2 feet and can act as ground cover in the hottest of weather. Blackfoot daisy, another mounding plant with small white flowers thrives in drought. Santolina has deep green or gray mounding foliage with small yellow spring flowers and is drought- and heat-tolerant.

Then there are the many varieties of cactus and grasses that provide almost care-free garden accents. Various forms of Prickly Pear produce yellow flowers in the spring, while Red Yucca’s red flowers grow on stalks. Agave (Century Plant) can be a garden focus. Maiden Grass, Mexican Feather Grass and the striking Gulf Muhly (blooms in the fall with pink-purple tufts that blow in the wind) add garden interest.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • burglary suspects.jpg Police make burglary arrests, issue scam alert

    Mineral Wells police rounded up several burglary suspects this past week, each reportedly caught in the act.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • AT&T.jpg Trouble on that tower: AT&T customers continue to air cellular service gripes

    Despite assurances from AT&T earlier this month that ongoing network cellular service issues in the Mineral Wells area were fixed or soon would be, many local customers continue to complain about poor service.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Becky McDonald and Spot.jpg NO KILL ZONE: Animal shelter working with Humane Society to end euthanasias

    About mid-morning one day at the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter, Becky McDonald, shelter coordinator, makes some time to check phone messages. When she plays it back, it's a request for the shelter to pick up some apparently abandoned kittens.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry Jay Williams.jpg A stunning arrest

    After a brief scuffle Sunday morning, a Mineral Wells police officer stunned and arrested a man allegedly caught in the act of burglarizing a home.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • p-4.php.jpeg 'The Blessings of Liberty'

    An exhibit, “The Blessings of Liberty,” is now open for viewing at the Palo Pinto County Old Jail Museum and will be available through Aug. 2. It is provided and organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A community grant from Humanities to the Museum paid for the exhibit. This is the third year outright grants have been awarded to the museum.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SD Presentation 13.jpg Weatherford's ICI awarded new Lamar construction contract

    With construction on the new Lamar Elementary School expected to begin in two about weeks, the Mineral Wells ISD school board on Monday approved Weatherford-based Imperial Construction Inc. as the project's general contractor.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • JROTC.jpg Uniform success

    In another year or so, Mineral Wells High School students might have a new organization to join. Civic leaders and school and city officials met Thursday at Mineral Wells ISD’s administration offices to hear a presentation about bringing the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program, or JROTC, to the high school.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos 2 Links

  • Pat Green and Crowd.JPG Buckets, boots filled

    Country music stars helped raise more than a quarter million dollars for local volunteer firefighters during last weekend's Fourth Annual Buckets and Boots benefit concert.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Geese are birdies not par for the course

    Birdies are not something golfers want many of – ones they create by failing to shoot par or the large, living, two-legged kind that damage a course's fairways and greens.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police investigate area store burglary

    A thief or thieves struck a local shop sometime around the July 4 weekend or early the next week, swiping about $3,000 worth of jewelry.

    July 17, 2014

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.