Native coneflower, Echinacea pallida, a pale purple coneflower that has gracefully, drooping petals.
Photo provided by Mary Lew Quesinberry. It is fragrant and a nectar plant for Hummingbirds and Butterflies. It requires well drained soil and full sun to part shade. It grows to three feet tall and blooms in early summer. We planted it in an area of morning sun. It is a perennial and has a green rosette through the winter.
Master Gardeners and Friends,
The KMCG guidelines have been updated to no more than 10 member participation per each scheduled work day. All, in person, BCMGA meetings, projects and events remain cancelled until further notice. If you find yourself working at the Extension grounds, Temple College please be mindful to keep your distance at 6 feet, wear a mask when required or if you are led to do so.
BCMGA Help Desk
Monthly Help Desk Report by Kathy Love
Well over 50% of calls to the BCMGA Help Desk are tree and lawn concerns, but the runner-up to those two issues is insects, most generally insect identification.
In June and July, the desk has logged 9 contacts from citizens concerned they have seen the recently publicized Asian Giant (Murder) Hornet (AGH) Vespa mandarinia. In all but one instance we were able to assure the concerned citizens they were seeing either the Eastern Cicada Killer Sphecius speciosus (7 calls), the Western Cicada Killer Sphecius grandis (1) or in 1 case a bald faced hornet Dolichovespula maculata… Read More
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Blooming Bell – July
Killeen Municipal Court Garden
July 1st 2020: The Master Gardeners have continued to maintain all aspects of the garden without the students. As of the first of June the Master Gardeners increased to a group of no more than 10 and wear a mask if 6-ft social distancing is not an option. We now have two rows of okra planted with half of one row using heirloom seeds that had been donated. If they are successful will let a few pods dry to collect seeds for next year. The Clemson Spineless has always been a prolific producer with some plants reaching about 5 feet tall. We also have planted another row of Yellow Squash. The Zucchini, Butternut and Spaghetti are now producing. All available rows have been planted. A few years ago we discovered that broadcasting carrot seeds in a raised bed does much better than planted in a row in the farm area. Attached photo does show a carrot harvest last week. The total produce harvested and delivered for June is 1,346.75 pounds and the year to date total is 2,588.75 pounds. We are looking forward to having the students back at the garden.
McLane Children’s Hospital Healing Garden
June 25th 2020: After the March suspension of project activities at the McLane Children’s Hospital Healing Garden, six BCMGA members led by project co-coordinators Linda Farmer and Nestor Centeno met at the garden and replaced the winter spent plantings in the garden pots we maintain with new summertime plantings. The Garden is well on it’s way to again being a beautiful place for a period of rest and relief, possibly from something difficult, for patients, parents, family, friends and hospital staff.
BCMGA Mission Statement
The Bell County Master Gardeners Association assists the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in providing high quality, relevant, research-based horticultural education and service to the residents of Bell County and the state of Texas through outreach, teaching, and demonstration projects.