Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Arrives in Texas

Today marks the first day of spring, which signals the onset of warmer weather, new growth in the form of flowers, crops and animals, and unmatched optimism about the future of our great state.

Mark Twain once said, “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” It sounds like Mr. Twain may have been visiting Texas when he spoke those words. Some spring days in Texas can feel more like summer or even a mild winter with the occasional cold front. This spring, I pray we have lots of rain to yield new agricultural growth and to ease the stress being felt by urban Texans with municipal water shortages.

Although spring weather in Texas can change every five minutes, our state is ranked as the fourth warmest state during the spring season. If you plan on planting in your yard or garden, think about choices that can tolerate the stressful heat. Some beautiful spring flower options include verbena, portuluca, Mexican sunflower and periwinkle.

Great home gardening options include herbs and vegetable plants like peppers, peas, parsley, onions and lettuce. Remember, when searching for the perfect plant, look for the Texas Superstar label, you know those plants are hearty and can thrive in the Lone Star State climate.

When I reflect on spring seasons of years past, I fondly recall spending quality family time in the back yard, taking my kids fishing or swimming, participating in the tough but rewarding spring round-up, and enjoying many of the Texas festivals that occur in the months of March, April and May. I hope you and your friends and family will get outside and enjoy the beauty of Texas this spring.  Whether you plan on growing plants, crops, animals or jobs, there is no better day than today to get started.

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