Newspaper Columns

Keith Hansen, Smith County Extension Agent, writes a column each week which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Keith HansenKeith Hansen’s blog

 The link above is to Keith’s blog which includes his column and other gardening news and tips.

Dee Bishop, Smith County Master Gardener, writes a weekly column which is published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph each week.

September 11th Column

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) a Texas native plant flourishes in moist areas in fullDSCN4264 copy sun to part shade.  When it is so hot and dry you can’t believe something so beautiful as this little plant can possibly put out these lovely bright spikes of red blooms, that is when cardinal flower blooms.

Cardinal flowers are beautiful as well as much appreciated by migrating hummingbirds in late summer.  Bright red, sometimes white blooms offer much needed color in the hot heat of a Texas summer.  You must be able to provide it with a nice moist place to grow since a bog is where you often find them in the wild.

Cardinal flowers are perennial and once you get them started, you will also get a few seedlings around the area in which they bloom.  You will have to notice the foliage and memorize how it looks or you may jerk it out in spring thinking it a weed.  It may be a weed, but it is a lovely one.

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