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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press July 21, 2010 If you're tired of the sight of your neighbor's old car on blocks, or if you prefer the !dea of your morning swim be- mg a more private affair, then it might be time to rum your thoughts to creating screens and barriers with plants. A few years ago Paul Kaskie (Southem Wood subdivision) wanted to screen out road noise, and wanted it fast. He planted primrose jas- mine (Jasminum mesnyi).., a sensible choice. This shrub is a fast grower, and has deep green leaves with lemon-yellow, un- scented flowers in late winter and early spring. It normally grows six feet high, but can grow like a vine up to 10 feet high flit has some support. And ifyou give it ade- quate space, it can become two to three times as wide as tall. Primrose jasmine can toler- ate shade but does its best in partial to hill sun. It can toler- ate drought once established. However, it will grow faster and fill in better flit gets adequate water. Paul showed me an effective and simple way to incorporate a drip irrigation system so that the newly planted plants could automatically get the water they needed to grow fast and thrive. To provide regular water, Paul ran flexible % inch drip pipe along the length of the planting row and pinned it to the ground. Later he hid the pipe under a cover of mulch. At the base of each plant he inserted two to five gal- Ion per hour emitters. At the water faucet end, he installed a battery timer that could be programmed for multiple start times and durations. This al- lowed him to water his screen without being there. This was planted a few years ago, and the outcome is substantial and beautiful. Paul now has an effective sight and sound barrier. On the other side of town, Paisley Robertson had a differ- ent dilemma: how to block the view of the two-story balcony porches that stared down upon her backyard. Paisley's solution: build a tall trellis and plant an evergreen flowering vine. By doing this she has flowers and an effective living barrier all year. We live in an area where the climate allows us to choose from a variety of screening and barrier plants. Paul and Paisley both made good choices. . HERE ARE SOME OTHERS: On the evergreen vine side, my favorites are tangerine beauty crossvine, Texas coral honeysuckle, carolinae jasmine and confederate jasmine. On the evergreen shrub side, there is yaupon holly, bay laurel (also a culinary herb), xylosma, eleagnus, compact cherrylaurel, southern wax myrtle, the vibumums (at least five varieties to choose from), loquat, clumping bamboo and primrose jasmine. If the irrigation part that I wrote about sounds a little dif- ficult, give me a call, and I will be happy to give a hands-on demonstration. Happy gardening everyone! lf you haven question for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@~- hoo.corr~ Or mail a posw_ard to lfs About Thyme: 11726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www. itsaboutthyme.com SAN ANTONIO I ATSTCENTER SATURDAY@6:5OPM SUNDAY@2PM + After five days of ballot gridlock, Texas Democrats were no closer on July 22, 1878 to picking their candidate for governor than when they started. With an undergraduate degree from a college in his native Georgia and a law di- ploma from Harvard, Richard Bennett Hubbard lr. was the best educated governor of the 19th century. Straining the scales at 300 pounds, he also was the heaviest man ever to hold the Lone Star State's highest office, bigger even than the famously plump Jim Hogg. It was no wonder that his friends called him "Jumbo" after the world renowned el- ephant of the same name. But Hubbard was good-natured to a fault and always laughed at the jokes at his expense. In 1853, the year after his Ivy League graduation, Hub- bard came to Texas with his parents. They settled first at Tyler, where the son hung out his shingle, and later on a plantation just up the road near the small community of Lindale. Richard Jr. did not let his age--he was in his early 20s at the time-keep him from taking an active part in the politics of his adopted state. In 1855 he helped the Demo- cratic Party fend offthe Know- Nothings, led after a fashion by Sam Houston, and the next year stumped hard for stan- dard bearer lames Buchanan. The 15th president reward- ed the energetic campaign worker with a plum appoint- ment- U.S. district attorney for the western half of Texas. Hubbard held the post for three years before resigning in 1859 to run for the state House of Representatives. In the last session of the leg- islature before the Civil War, Hubbard favored secession maybe not as zealously as the firebrands, but without reser- vation nonetheless. Once the ties that bound Texas to the Union were broken, he sought a seat in the Confederate Con- gress. Losing a close election, he spent the war in uniform as the combat commander of an infantry regiment. After Appomattox and the collapse of the Confederacy, Hubbard farmed until granted a pardon for participating in the southern "rebellion." Barred from political life like nearly all ex-Rebs and Demo- THIS WEEK IN crats, he returned to practic- ing law. By 1872 most Democrats had regained the franchise. In coalition with conservative Republicans, they took control of the legislature away from the Radical wing of the GOP. It only remained to remove the hated Reconstruction gover- nor, Edmund Davis. Hubbard joined Richard Coke on the Democratic ticket that beat the Radical Repub- licans better than two-to-one in the historic election of Dec. 2, 1873. Davis was more than ready to resort to violence to stay in office, but President Grant's refusal to send him troops sealed his fate. As Davis reluctantly left the capitol, leg- end has it that future governor ]ohn Ireland of Seguin gave him a parting kick in the seat of the pants. The Coke-Hubbard admin- istration inherited a chaotic mess from the Radicals. The state government teetered on the brink of bankruptcy with an empty treasury and few reliable sources of revenue. Western tribes had rolled back the frontier forcing frightened settlers to abandon their farms and seek safety in the east, where they were greeted by lawlessness on an unprec- edented scale. Less than a year into his second term, Gov. Coke turned the thankless task over to his lieutenant govemor and went to Washington to serve in the U.S. Senate for the next 18 years. Working without a legislature, which did not meet during his entire two years in office, Hubbard was hard-pressed to put much of a dent in the state's overwhelm- ing problems. Even when he succeeded, "Mmbo" rarely received the credit. His get-tough policy toward notorious outlaws brought big names like Bill Longley, John Wesley Hardin and Sam Bass to justice and helped to end the Sutton-Tay- lor feud. But it was the Texas Rangers and not the embat- tled governor, who took a bow for these accomplishments. Still, all things considered, 'ru Cromnvord fJolution I1 11 I1 :11 I1 11 Hubbard and his supporters believed he was entitled to a fill four-year term to get it right. While it was true that he faced strong opposition from James W. Throckmorton, the respected ex-governor removed by the Yankee oc- cupation, and Grange leader William W. Lang at the Demo- cratic convention in July 1878, he was confident of nom'ma- tion. After his spellbinding keynote address, the "Dem- osthenes of Texas" felt even better about his chances. With the two-thirds requirement in effect, he did not expect a first-ballot vict6ry. Hubbard was, however, encouraged by the votes of more than half of the delegates and willing to wait patiently for his total to rise to the magic number needed for nomination. But to Richard Hubbard's surprise and disappointment, it never happened. After five days of ballot gridlock, the convention passed the buck to a select committee that chose the venerable Oran Roberts to top the Democratic ticket that fall. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and sug- gestions at haile@pdq.net or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. And come on by www. twith.com for a visit! Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by See Solution, same page ACROSS 1 Astros & Rangers want these (abbr.) 5 TXism: "he's ............ -tdck pony" 6 TXism: "hell for leather" (set on) 7 TX Crossword co.: "Orbison " 8 "Fine Arts of Texas, "(eady TX art) 9 you can (jet Cajun ................ at Razzoo's t6 early group for TX Roy Orbison: "The ---- Kings" 18 Abilene Speedway (2 wds.) 21 TXism: "can a 55 donkey fly?" 22 TX Fteddy Fender's "Before the ____ 56 Teardrop Falls" 59 23 TXism: "ha was around when the 60 Dead .......... was only sick" (old)61 24 pressure & tension 30 TXism: "you can take 62 bank" 34 noted TCU coach: "Dutch" Meyer1 35 rest" (buded) 36 TXism: "_ ___ to" 2 (intend) 3 37 this George was Redskins coach that Cowboys fans hated 4 39 TXn who bobsledded for Mexico in '92 9 43 hangman's loop 10 44 Fort Worth's county 45 Bible 2nd half (abbr.) 11 46 plural of star for scores following TDs 47 TX Johnny Nash's "1 Can ___ Clearly Now" 48 TX Ivory Joe's "Since I You Baby" 50 TXism: "plain as the __ on an eye chart" 53 TX Billie Estes was convicted of fraud 54 Cowboys (1960-88): "The Landry _." 24 i25 !26 i i ~44 TXism: a~ (long time) 47 pre-travel act stallion ( ............... ~orse) this Moe coached TCU BB (1987o94) 12 this TX Whitfield 13 won gold ('48 & '52) dir. to Huntsville 14 from San Antonio DOWN nickname of old Houston East & 17 West Texas Railway Kendall Co. seat 19 TX Audie Murphy 20 film: "The Wild and the ............................... "('59) 24 TX Sally PaWs "The Sun ____ at Dawn" music format 25 TXism: "there's a fly in the " 26 sandwich cookte 40 41 Lubbock TV station "more to meets the eye" TX legendary pro pitcher (init,) TX Jule Condra film: ".i ........ Food Lodging" 14-down threw this seven times in Hunt Co. on 69 City, TX (SE of San Antonio) this Long is award- winning TX author & journalist (init.) TXism: "hot as road .......... in July" TX State Guard is used for control 49 AS by Charley & Guy Orbison Copyright 2010 by Orbison Bros 113 114 22 23 33 55 27 this Fort Worth man financed "Biosphere 2" 28 "boom box" 29 "Old ....................... "was first in King Ranch quarter horse line 31 Gonzales h,s. class 32 TX Brown who was NFL "Mr. Raider" running to wed 38 mortgages 40 this Allen was in "Wild Hogs" with TX Tobolowsky (init,) 41 TX Mac DaVis' "Baby, Don't Get Hooked 42 in Wilson Co. on 87 49 military funeral call 51 Hawaiian dish 52 Chancy, Jr, of "Black Spurs" with TX Linda Darnel 57 TX Tanya's "One Love at " 58 Fidel Castro, e.g, See Solution, same page +