American Summer

American Summer

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Our beautiful spring flowers may be on their last legs, according to Mobile Botanical Gardens Executive Director Bill Finch.   He says spring along the Gulf Coast actually starts in February and runs through April, so the great spring blooms are going to seed (literally).

Now through early June is a season reckoned locally as American Summer.  It's like mid-summer in Michigan:  occasional big rains with long dry spells in-between and lower humidity.  For us, this type of weather occurs May and early June, then Gulf Summer arrives with much hotter temps, higher humidity, and daily afternoon showers.  The big deal with Gulf Summer is that the nights stay hot.

American Summer is a time of transition from plants like kale to coleus.  Other classic American Summer plant include rudbeckias & cone flowers, tomatoes, and Salvia.   Salvia will last through American Summer, Gulf Summer, and beyond. 

Another way to know we've changed seasons…Bill changes to his summer hat!

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