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‘Hill Country Wildflowers and More’ Program is Jan. 5 in Kingsland

Did you know the weather in the fall and winter plays a major role in the spring and summer wildflower season? Did you know you can actually enjoy wildflowers throughout the summer and even right up to the first freeze in the fall? Master Gardener Sheryl Yantis presents ‘Hill Country Wildflowers and More’ at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Kingsland Branch Library. Photo courtesy of Sheryl and Robert Yantis

KINGSLAND — Though we’re in the midst of winter, it’s not too early to start thinking about wildflowers. And if you have any questions about the wildflowers that call the Highland Lakes home — such as “What’s this?” and “How do I get it to grow in my yard?” — then Sheryl Yantis has the program for you.

“Hill Country Wildflowers and More” is Friday, Jan. 5, at the Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk St. The presentation takes place during the regular Kingsland Garden Club meeting at 1 p.m., but everyone is invited.

Yantis is a Master Gardener and has a wide breadth of knowledge when it comes to the Hill Country wildflowers. She’ll include a number of wildflower photos, mostly taken by her and her husband, Robert Yantis. Some of the wildflowers pretty much everyone will know, such as bluebonnets, but there will be others that aren’t as common.

While we usually pay attention to wildflowers in the spring, Sheryl Yantis explained that the colorful show lasts right up to the first freeze in the fall.

You can find wildflowers through the summer and fall if you look closely, she advised.

Though the wildflowers typically bloom in the spring and summer, what happens in the fall and winter plays a big role in the colors we start seeing in late February and early March. Most of the wildflowers that bloom in the spring are dependent on fall precipitation followed by sustaining winter rains.

Beyond the weather, other factors can determine which flowers bloom and where they are concentrated. Those factors include soil quality and land management practices such as burning, mowing, and grazing.

Yantis will go over many of these during her presentation as well as help backyard gardeners and others set up their yards and landscapes for a colorful spring and summer.

The Yantises are Texas Master Gardeners and Earth-Kind specialists through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Go to www.yantislakesidegardens.com for more on them as well as information on a number of gardening events and programs.

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