This is the time of the year when most gardening seminars are held across Texas. Recently we attended the Concho Valley Master Gardener Symposium in San Angelo.
While there, we visited some favorite sites. As crazy as it sounds, we enjoy the San Angelo Visitor’s Center. I know I’ve shown this place before, so I tried to get different photo shots.
With the visitor’s center up high, the rock work down the slope to the Concho River is attractive and creative.
This grass clump, whatever it is, has grown even taller than when we last saw it.
The plants chosen for this area are drought tolerant and hardy, like this Knock Out Rose bush.
I took the following pictures in the bathroom because they appealed to me. They show Texas native animals. You can just scroll through quickly if you’re not interested.
This is a wild boar or feral hog (Sus scrofa). These have become a major problem because they destroy property, are dangerous to animals and humans, and are multiplying faster than they can be controlled. The tile picture makes it look cute, but it definitely isn’t.
Scorpions have become a problem this year for us. For some reason, they have invaded our house, even with pesticide spraying. I’ve been stung once and had forgotten how painful they are.
Another pest around here are jackrabbits because they feed on flowerbed plants as well as grass.
It’s very rare to see a Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) or Horny Toad, as they are called in West Texas, anymore. They’re presently on the threatened species list.
Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) are hunted, but I don’t see how there could be much meat on them.
And, lastly, the nemesis that digs up our yard and burrows in the flowerbeds. The Nine Banded Armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is the only armadillo to live in the U.S. Sometimes I think they have targeted us, but I know that it’s much easier to dig in amended and watered soil than in the hard, dry pasture land.
All around San Angelo are painted fiberglass animals. This cross-eyed ram stands in front of a Mexican restaurant.
There are several murals around town that depict periods of history or influences that shaped San Angelo. Although most people haven’t heard of Elmer Kelton, he was a prolific author about cattle ranches and other aspects of West Texas life.
The fourth Hilton Hotel was built here. Over the years, it has housed many different enterprises, including an ‘old folks’ home’. Currently, the bottom floor has a restaurant, and the upper floors appear to be apartments. The mezzanine seems to have the only remaining remnants of the original art deco style. The ballroom is still in its original condition.
This is the top of one of the columns just outside the ballroom.
While in San Angelo, of course, we had to make a stop at the International Water Lily Collection.
We waited until a cooler part of the day to go, just as the sun was low. Again, just flip through these if you’re not interested.
This past weekend we attended the Pollinator Pow Wow in Kerrville. Pow Wow is a native American term that means ‘The gathering of the people to share wise words’.
Bright colors of painted bats blend well with dead leaves where they roost. Flight, Vespertilionidae, S and SE Asia
A lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonyderis yerbabuenae) feeding on cardon cactus fruit, This is the world’s largest cactus, growing up to 50 feet tall. Seed Dispersal
Dr. Merlin Tuttle was the main speaker.
My opinion about bats was what most people think – yucky creatures. But he convinced me of their importance in pollinating many different plants around the world. He told excellent stories about his interventions to save bats.
This is longer than most posts. Thanks for sticking with it.
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” Albert Einstein.