Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Can our plants survive the heat?

With the immense heat taking over the country, gardeners are shielding their plants from the heat. While most experts know exactly how to save their plants from this historic drought, novice gardeners may need guidance. Luckily, Bill Welch and Greg Grant, authors of Heirloom Gardening for the South: Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens (TAMU Press 2011) know exactly how to help.

Kathy Huber of the Houston Chronicle, looking for assurance, “recently asked [Welch] if he thought faithful old bulbs such as oxblood lilies and lycoris would pull through our historic drought. Heirloom bulbs have survived years of neglect in cemeteries and abandoned homesteads, but are they tough enough for this summer?”

Find out if Heirloom bulbs can survive the heat in Huber’s recent article here.

Not only will readers find out how to help plants survive the heat, but they will also find new essays on naturalizing daffodils, slips and starts, and growing fruit, a completely updated and expanded heirloom plant encyclopedia, revised plant lists (bulbs, cemetery plants, etc.) and new material on the creation of two of the authors' personal gardens.

Read more and order your own copy here.

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