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Hays Free Press April 27, 2011 NEIGHBORS Page 3C Easter Bunny hops through Mr. City hildren wanting candy and treasure got egg-xactly what they wanted at the Mountain City Egg Hunt on Saturday morn- ing. Too-many-eggs-to count remained in the section for babies under two years old after the little ones filled their baskets to capacity. Older kids scrambled and found more than plenty. "Loving Mountain City" created and presented the Mountain City fun event. Amy Hilton heads the vol- unteer group. Helpers on Saturday morning included Barbara Coldwell, Tiffany Curnutt, Judge Beth Smith (earlier, she tied two wedding knots), Verlenne Monroe, GaryWhite and Alice Kessner. RonTom and I also helped. Judge Smith donated the grand prizes. Verlenne sold "Moun- tain City Cooks" cookbooks -- again - at the egg hunt. (Seems selling a cookbook in 2011 is about like selling transistor radio batteries.) Verlenne and Gary fronted the money for the cookbooks. Loving Mountain City needs $800 more in $15 sales in or- der to repay the loan, before the first penny is made. "The Mountain City Cooks cookbook. It starts conversa- tions. It brightens kitchen countertops. It brings the character of Mountain City right into a home. It dices ..." Tiffany Curnutt un- scrambled the mystery of how some knew about the mid-April Saturday morning recycling. Printed announce- ments made it to about half of the city's front doors. At the time of this writing, no future recycling dates ap- pear on the city's calendar at www.mountalncitytx.com. A single event appears in May: the monthly City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10. James and Dianne Polk were among several proud grandparents with grown children and grandchildren at the egg hunt. James tidbitted last week, "We just saw a brilliant, almost iridescent blue Indigo Bunting! Our first sighting of one. No Painted Buntings... yet! The other first sighting from last week was a Yellow- Throated Warbler.... How's the Buffed-Bellied Baphoon or whatever it was with blue striped eggs?" (Ash-throated Flycatcher with purple splotched eggs, it isl She's egg-sitting.) Diane Krecji chatted with me about the upcoming "Al- ice in Wienefland"-themed weenie dog races next week- end, April 30 and May 1. The whole wienerful idea of dachshund races came to the Buda Lions Club years ago from Diane. Her grand- dog, Scarlett, raced in the wiener day races in Savan- nah, Georgia. Diane knew Buda would be a Buda-ful place for such a race. Our make-Mountain City-proud celebrity (often seen on news coverage of the event, with a prominent role in the "Lord of the Wiens" dachumentary) says she almost got laughed out of the room. After the very first year, the race was a wiener. Now, with $30 entry fees and hundreds of participants (plus a $3 en- try fee this year for "over 12"), the Buda Lions Club must laugh all the way to the bank. That's a lot of eyeglasses and kids (with physical disabili- ties & children with diabetes) to summer camp. Quite-gray BoD'(now 12) and happy-go-lucky Kiss'Me' race on Saturday morning. Their entry fees go as a dona- tion to the Buda Lions Club and go a looooong way with RonTom's year-round story- telling. We plan to stop and drop them in the Oscar Meyer Wiener pedal car for a photo op. What a great feature for a Central Texas Dachshund Rescue booth. Please plan to stop at your computer and drop "Mon- tage" a tidbit, ptom5678@ gmall.com or 512-268-5678. Good wt'.ekqmd for a Sire, Jay drive 'ere we go again. Another winter and spring without any rain always brings water rationing (although I'm hop- ing that we all use a bit of common sense year round, regardless of city issued proclamations). As always, water after 8 p.m. and before 10 a.m., only on your day. So, odd-numbered addresses water onWed, and Sat., and even numbers on Thurs. and Sun. C0mmercial and multi- family properties water Tue. and Fri. I guess on Monday, the aquifer gets to take a gulp and refuel for the week. ooo The Log House Commis- sion is once again throwing open the doors to the Clai- borne Kyle Log House this Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. Called "Blooms Above the Blanco" this is a perfect opportunity to load up the kids and Grandma, head out for a Sunday drive and take a trip back in time. From downtown, just head west on Center Street and take a left on Stagecoach at the stop sign just past Wallace. The log house is a couple of miles down the road on your right. ooo Then, on Monday, just leave your house 10 minutes early and steer your car over to City Hall. The polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and you might as well vote now and get it over with and cross if offyour list. (You can also vote Tues.-Fri. 8-5 or Sat. 10-3 but why wait?) Our mayor and two councilmem- bers are up for re-election and their record speaks for itself. Check out the sample ballot on p. 6A. Ask the ques- tions you need answers to and then go vote. Plants made for the shade ere are the top three questions that we are asked at the nursery most often: What are your most drought- tolerant plants? Which of all your plants are not popular with white-tailed deed And finally, what can I plant in the shade that will add color or will flower through the sum- mer months? The first two are pretty straightforward. We go straight to the City of Austin's wonderful publication - The Grow-Green Plant Guide. This free booklet shows gar- deners all the options for plants that can survive with hardly any water- i.e. our current condi- tions - and plants that deer find unappetizing. To answer the third ques- tion.., there is a myriad of plants for the shade gardener to choose from. Traditionally we have looked to impatiens, begonias, coleus, and caladiums as the top shade performers. Over the years, however, modem breeding has added tons of new choices. For impatiens, look for the superelfins. Their growth habit is compact and they put out flowers continually. Planted in April, when the ground begins to warm up, these 'busy es' will flower constantly until the first freeze offaU hits. My favorite begonias are the 'cocktails.' These short, bed- cling begonias come in green and bronze colored leaves, and ' :: :: ................ IT' S ABOUT also flower continually through the summer. There's gin pink, whiskey white, and vodka red to choose from. Coleus are planted in the shade to add foliar color.Within this family of plants, there am names like rainbow, red velvet, electric lime, Florida sun, eclipse, and burgundy sun, each with spectacular foliage color. Caladiums (of the Aroid fam- ily) are related to elephant ears. These shade lovers come in pinks, reds, greens and whites'. Generally short, they can be used as a border or in front of larger plants. A new addition to the shady Set is torenia. Commonly called wishbone flower, bluewings or summer pansies, torenia is a short, shade-loving plant in the snapdragon family. Tolerant of our heat and humidi they thrive hi moist shade and will flower until the first freeze. I always encourage gardeners to get creative with the shady patches of their landscapes. There am plenty of textures and colors to choose from\\;- some old-fashioned stand-bys and lots of new exciting hybrids. Check out some of these varieties online and get plant- in Shade does not have to be devoid of color. Thyme ARDEN CENTER (On the ) If you have a question for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@ yahoo.com. 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