Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

Heat Illness

14th August 2013

Back to school ads show corduroy pants, long-sleeved shirts and pullover sweaters. Stargazers claim that we are nearing the end of the "dog days of summer."

However, in many parts of the country, including Central Texas where this blog originates, temperatures in the low 100s and high humidity will continue for a few more weeks or perhaps even a couple more months.

Heat can create serious health problems especially for the elderly, the young, the sick, those without access to…

Zinnias

6th August 2013

Just looking at a vase of brightly colored zinnias makes me smile. They are my Mother’s favorite flower and have always been a favorite of mine too. As a little girl, I remember planting zinnia seeds with my mom, next to our front steps. Many family photos taken with the Brownie camera included the robust and colorful zinnia blooms, although they were in black and white.
Zinnias love the heat of summer and grow to bloom size quickly. We make new plantings of zinnias every month,…

Learn the art of beautiful succulent arrangements with Trisha Shirey, our Director of Flora and Fauna.