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~ :: :i//:: !;i, ;:) HaysFreePress.com BELOW AVE:RAGE Four eating establishments in Kyle rated "far below average" by Hays County health inspectors in 2011. - Page 1D January 18, 2012 * Page 1C BY CHRIS WINSLOW Special to the Hays Free Press This spring many gardeners, homeowners will be repl~ perished during the great One very useful family of drought and heat tolerant plants to consider is the yuccas. Yuccas are new world plants with ! range. They grow all the way from Baja, in the west, to Florida in the east north, and Guatemala in the South. These beauties have strong, or strap-like leaves, spikes of glorious white flowers once a year. Another more evocative name for them is 'ghosts in the graveyard.' This comes from the high number of yuccas growing wild in forgotten graveyards, where their large white flower clusters appear as 'ghosts' in the moonlight. Yuccas are drought tolerant to the extreme. Their heat and cold tolerance is also great. They only require a full to partial sun location and well- drained soft. Some of my favorites: Big Bend or beaked yucca (Yucca rostrata). Also called sapphire skies,'this beauty has a rosette of sword-like leaves of a bluish to silver color. Older specimens will form trunks and add a dramatic accent to any landscape. These are my all-time favorites. Adam's Bright Edge (Yucca filamentosa) is a clumping, dwarf yucca with narrow variegated fo- liage with yellow edged foliage. Its mature height is 2 feet with a white flower stalk to 5 feet. Color Guard (Yucca filamentosa) iS a dwarf yucca with each leaf centered with yellow-gold foliage. Color guard will stay under 2 feet in height and ~11 spread to 3 feet in width. It produces a dramatic 5-foot tall white flower spike, RedYucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) has ever- green, grassy-like foliage to 2 feet with coral-red flower spikes to 6 feet. Red yucca is not in the yucca genus but is closely related (agave). This plant is commonly grown in Central Texas as a low- to no-water use evergreen perennial. Hum- mingbirds love their flowers. These are just a few of the yucca family that are suitable for the Hays County area. With thought- ful placement, yuccas can make our landscapes more beautiful and will be sure to last through any droughts that come our way in future years. lfyou haue a question for Chris, mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748, iathyme@yahoo.com, www.itsaboutthyme.com Once again, Girl Scout Troop 2369 of Buda, takes their Main Street last December. [] To kick off the national organization's 100th year of scouting, Girl Scouts of Central Texas be setting up their cookie booths and gear- ing up for the annual fundraiser this weekend, hosting, once again, the largest gift-led busi- ness in the country. To honor their organiza- tion's centennial, the scouts will also be offering a Shortbread Commemorative Cookie Box. The local Girl Scouts of Central Texas organiza- tion serves more than 21,000 girls in grades 1