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Hays Free Press Jpne 23, 2010 NEIGHBORS Bullet-proofxeriscape favorites S we enter the parched er months, a enefs thoughts often turn to plants that can make it through a drought, and many folks who come to visit my nursery are often seeking some guidance on this matter. The booklet Native and Adapted Landscape Plants is a good place to start. This is a flee City of Austi guide that you can pick up at any nursery. It covers trees, shrubs, perenni- als and turf grasses. It's important to remember that while xeriscape plants are indeed tough.., they still need a helping hand to get their root systems established. So water" for a few weeks after planting, and-also give them water dur- ing very dry conditions. Here is a selection of some of the yuccas, agaves and other plants that I consider my bul- let-proofxeriscape favorites: Red yuee Low-growing, reaches two feet in height, four- to-six feet in width, making it an excellent groundcover. It is evergreen and blooms from i IT'S ABOUT spring to summer with tall coral red spikes. Humming- birds love them! Softleafyucca: Grows to " six feet with soft foliage and beautiful spikes of white to pale green flowers. Blue.yucca or Palmilla: This can reach over ten feet and its blue tinged foliage makes it a striking addition to any xeri- scape garden. It blooms in late spring to summer with showy white flowers born on spikes. Beaked yucca: Tall, with beautiful white flower spikes. Their trunks make for a very at- tractive landscape addition. TeXas Sotok Has light green leaves with sharp edges, short trunks, and fabulous white flower stalks that can reach fifteen feet. There is also a silver leaf option called Wheeler's Sotol. Century Plant: This great desert plant can attain massive size and co%nes in an array of colors from green to silver, and blue. Known also as maguey, it has a spreading rosette of leaves and can attain a width of eight feet. Its flower spike can reach over fifteen feet. After flowering, the plant dies. The average life expectancy is fifteen to twenty years, and during this time the century plant will produce a number of offspring. Tequila is produced from a similar plant called the blue agave or Agave tequilana. There are a number of cultivars of this plant which have strik- ing variegated foliage (white striping along the centers or margins of the leaves). Queen Victoria Agave: A great choice for someone who doesn't have the room to plant the larger agaves. QueenVicto- ria only gets to one foot by one foot. The foliage has beautiful white markings on the leaves Artichoke Agave:. Grows to three feet and has the appear- ance of an artichoke. They make gorgeous specimens in the landscape and are extreme- ly heat tolerant. A great idea for a drought and heat tolerant landscape design is to use some of these yuccas and agaves in sparse plantings with gravel or de- composed granite as mulch. Most of these plants stand perfectly on their own: the beauty of the plant's own architecture can make a strong statement on any landscape. Adding a drought tolerant, fast- growing tree such as paloverde in the background and some zexmania or blackfoot daisies in the foreground can all add up to a simple yet beautiful xeriscape garden. Happy gardening everyone! If you have a gardening ques- tion, send it to me via iathyme@ yahoo.com. (Pease put'Ask Chris Window' in the subject line.) Or mail your letter or postcard to:Ask Chris Winslow. It's About Thyme: 11726 Man- chaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 Fearless father stuck his neck out for congregation Page 3C Kerrville Collector We are not a traveling road show, jewelry store or pawn shop which is why we can Pay TOp Dollar In Cash For Coin Collections, Scrap Gold & GoM and Silver Coins Peter Cesey. 830-792-5995 868-204-7691 "We will come to your homo or your hank." ...... iiii',iiiii :,iii!ii i life insurance.., tmmi00mUl00 Auto. Home. Life Rob White, Agent Let's Compare (512) 504-9484 Rates and Service. 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Kyle, TX 78640 rwhite@txfb-ins.com LONG ORTHODONTICS "Keeping Smiles Aligned for Over 20 Years" n a letter to Stephen E Austin on June 28, 1832, the legend- ary frontiersman Strap Buckner acknowledged the impend- ing arrival of a priest to mak honest men and women of his neighbors. Catholicism was the state religion of Mexico, and conver- sion to the official faith was a conditiol of citizenship for all immigrants. This religious requirement rankled the vast majority of Anglo-American settlers, who had been brought up as Protestants, but they had to swear allegiance to Rome or lose their land grants. The awkward arrangement made hypocrites out of the colonists, whose convenient Ca- tholicism was a sham, as well as the authorities who pretended not to notice the charade. The one troubling catch was that Mexican law rognized only those marriages performed by a priest, which meant that with each passing year more and more couples were living in sin and raising their offspring out of wedlock. By 1830 the Austin colonists grudlagly accepted the need for a padre m sanctify the ties that bound them and to sprinkle their children. But he had to be an understanding deric, who would respect their. peculiar relationship with the mother church and not try to cram Catholic dogma down their throats. Early the next year on a visit to Saltillo, Stephen E Austin fotmd the perfect pastor for his finicky flock. His excitement leaped offthe page as he de- scribed his discovery as "a very intelligent and gentlemanly man quite liberal in his ideas." Father Michael Muldoon was a middle-aged Irishman, who had been forced by the repres- sive British occupation of his homeland to go abroad to study for the priesthood. As a member of the Dominican order, he was sent to Mexico on the eve of independence with an ill-fated traveling companion = the last Spanish viceroy. After ten years in the interior, Muldoon was ready for the change and challenge Texas offered. To Austin's delight, he eagerly agreed to serve as spiri- tual shepherd and started mak- ing the rounds of the scattered settlements in April 1831. Before long the good-natured friar learned there was no pleas- ing his many critics so zealously certain he had been sent by Sa- tan to subvert their souls. They complained he overcharged for THiS WEEK IN his services, while taking little interest in their salvation. But .those that gave Father Muldoon half a chance invari- ably wound up liking him. And as momentous events soon showed, they never had a better friend. 6en. Manuel de Mier y Temn, military commander of the northem district of Mexico, came to Texas in November 1831 to check out reports of seditious activity. Muldoon accompanied his old friend on the inspection tour and filled his head wifh praise for the salt-of-the-earth newcomers. At the same time, the clever priest, who must have been a spy in a previous life, kept Austin posted on the investigation. If Muldoon had done nothing more than leak vital informa- tion to the colonists, he would have been worth his weight in gold. But the fearless father was not content with working quietl3/behind the scenes and gladly stuck his neck out for his. adopted congregation. When push finally came to shove at Anahuac in June 1832, Muldoon was Johnny on the spot. He volunteered to trade places with the Texans taken prisoner by government troops, but the officer in charge wanted no part of a swap that left him holding a holy man hostage. Muldoon returned to Mexico two months later and published a spirited defense of the much maligned colonists. Strong suggestions from secular and ecclesiastical sourCes, that he stop dabbling in politics only served to strengthen his resolve to aid the Protestant pioneers. Muldo0n was living in Mexico City in 1834, when Aus- tin was detained in the capital on the vague and unfounded suspicion of plotting rebellion. During the three months the flail empjessario was held in- communicado, dae courageous clergyman was his sole contact with the outside world. He even persuaded an American businessman to post bond for the prisoner, but SantaAnna in- sisted on keeping Austin under lock and key. Muldoon's most audacious act of Christian charity occurred . in Matamoros in the spring of 1837, when he engineered the Stati000 ANTIQUES * FURNITURE GIFTS FLOWERS JEWELRY T-SHIRTS IRON WORKS * & MORE Open Everyday Downtown Buda at the signal light. 295-9444 295-6008 ...... J ...................................................................  ....................... escape ofWilliam H. Wharton. The Republic of Texas diplomat, who had been thrown in jail after a high-seas kidnapping walked right past the guards disguised as a priest in a robe secretly sup- plied by the daring Irishman. Father Muldooffs last record- ed visit to independent Texas took place in 1842. Secretary of State Anson Jones presented him with a testimonial tribute which read in part: "The people of Texas will not cease to have an abiding recollection of the great friendship you evinced and the valuable service you rendered our distinguished Fellow Citizen, Gen S.E Austin, while detained a prisoner in Mexico." And with that Michael Muldoon vanished leaving no trace of his later adventures or *the date and place of his earthly departure. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and sug- gestions at haile@pdqnet or PO. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. 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