Notes from the Lake

The official Blog of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

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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.

 

Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils. Here are some recipes to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season:

Mosquito bite treatment
8 drops lavender
2 tablespoons unscented lotion
Mix together and apply to bites every hour until itching and redness is gone. Generally one or two applications are all that is…