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Growing Herbs in Texas: Rain Provides Relief

9/21/2011 3:03:40 PM

Tags: Growing Herbs In Texas, Cynthia Meredith, Texas, Rain, Drought, Basil, Comfrey, Clerodendron, Tips, Garden Update, My Garden

c.meredith2Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, gardening with herbs and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.  

IT RAINED! I can hardly believe it! Yes ... only about 0.18 inches so far, but it's cloudy, dark and very humid this morning, so I believe we will get more rain today.

Clerodendron 'Musical Notes' 

This plant usually blooms off and on all summer with bright
white flowers that resemble musical notes. (Hence the name.)

Even though it's been dry, the days are shorter and a little cooler than August. The plants can tell the Autumnal Equinox is near. Plants that have refused to bloom during the searing summer temps are putting on buds. 

Basil, showing new growth.

New leaves are showing up on stressed basil plants and even my comfrey, which is a mere shadow of its springtime-self, is perking up.

Stressed out comfrey with new growth showing in the leaf litter. 

With a little more rain, who knows, maybe the 'Passion Vine' and 'Queen's Wreath' on my fence line will perk up. It's been a very long and hot summer here in Texas, but as with all things, this, too, will change.  

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
Marcus Tullius Cicero

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