In West Texas, San Angelo is a town with a river, the Concho, which gives it many advantages. Having a water source in an arid region is huge. Therefore, the town boasts some green areas.
Although we’ve visited the town numerous times, on a recent overnight trip, we saw some places previously missed.
As we walked toward a Mexican restaurant (what other kind!) in the center of town, we passed the library, which has some large windows that jut out and are trimmed with this tile work around the door. Always fascinated by symbols chosen to represent reading.
The statement: “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ unusual building is constructed of many different materials inside and out. The inside space features a main two story central area with smaller exhibitions rooms around it.
The small pieces of glass and instructions for placement were mailed by the artist to the museum. This involved a complicated placement of the materials to achieve the exact light forms.
The Aermotor Windmill Company in San Angelo still manufactures and constructs the old fashioned windmills that have character and hark back to the settling of the west. Not like the intrusive giant wind turbines that are taking over our beautiful countryside and destroying land values. I could go on and on about that.
The next morning we attended a short seminar about Gardening with Natives. Afterwards we went to a small nursery outside of town that has a demonstration butterfly garden. I don’t know what I was thinking. I failed to get an overall shot. My mind must have been on what was for sale in the nursery.
This is a Blue Potato Bush, Paraguay Nightshade, or Blue Lycianthes (Lycianthes rantonnei) for zone 8b to 11.
Behind the caterpillar on the right is an Italian Basil and on the left is Curly Parsley.
Bush Morning Glory, Morning Glory Tree, Badoh Negro, Borrachero, or Matacabra (Ipomoea carnea) survives in zones 8b to 11. Several years ago I had one that lived about three years. Then it became too tall and cumbersome to move into the shed. So adios to that.
Pride of Barbados is a zone 9 tropical evergreen, but in zone 8b, it is a perennial that dies to the ground. It’s on the Texas Superstar list.
I’ve tried one that froze. Some people cut them to the ground in early winter, mulch them heavily and cover them, so I’m going to give it another shot.
“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs