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SIGNS OF SUMMER AT LAST

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Signs of summer are everywhere you look. There are
piles of tree and shrub trimmings all along the curbs
of mainland streets. Apparently local residents have
decided that it’s finally safe to prune back freezedamaged
shrubs and trees. It’s always a good idea to
get limbs cut back or removed before hurricane season
arrives. Otherwise you may find yourself wielding
a chainsaw after some unwelcome storm slings them
all over your property. Those of us who remember
Hurricane Alicia about 25 years ago will recall seeing
stacks of limbs and branches piled several feet
high throughout every neighborhood. It makes much
better sense to get that pruning finished before a hurricane
hits and does it for us.
Amazingly the frost this past winter doesn’t seem to
have done serious harm to many of our plants. I think
the ferns in my front yard look better this year than
they have in ages. It almost seems as if they benefited
from a short cold snap. I could say the same
about our rosebushes, which are currently blooming
their heads off.
As for the wildflowers, it’s apparent that many of
them are doing just fine as well. The
evening primroses are popping up
everywhere. But I have to admit that
I haven’t seen any bluebonnets or
Indian paintbrush so far this season.
Another positive indicator that
summer is just around the corner
is the fact that Texas City’s outdoor
pool – the one in the Nessler park
with all the tubes and other fun features
– is now open on weekends.
And once school is out for the summer,
the pool will be open daily. This
facility is a wonderful place to chill
out once the summer heat arrives in
Galveston County. And you know it
will arrive and then stay around for
months it’s always good to have options for indoors
as well as outdoors during our Texas summer heat.

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