Crape myrtles are putting on a spectacular flower display this year. The flowering period of crape myrtles can be extended by pruning flower heads as soon as possible after they finish flowering.

The last days of June ended with an abundance of rainfall and surprisingly cooler temperatures. July has arrived, and that means the year is about halfway over and the days are getting shorter.

It also means the warm temperatures of summer have set in for sure. Most of us put our gardens into a holding pattern in July. We just try to keep the bugs and weeds at bay and to keep cool.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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