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Page 2C PIEIGHBORS Hays Free Press August 18, 2010 While this sum- mer has brought a wealth of new IT'S ABOUT THYME on crape myrtles oaks, and any ph to these species 1 risk of being infe growth from the rains of last winter and spring, it Your plan of at has also brought its fair be to get rid of tt share of disease and insect first, and then se problems, sights on the SOb When I opened the nurs- For the aphids cry on Monday morning, scratch the epidermal layer are some highly I was greeted by gardeners and suck out the internal organic sprays a~ clutching a multitude of sugar-rich moisture fromAll Seasons Oil, ziplock bags. All were filled within, to create a sticky Spinosad and Py with samples of sorry- sUbstance called 'honey-sprays all work looking limbs and leaves do.' For the sooty ] under attack from an array This is then attacked byply a generous a of insects and diseases, something called 'sooty'of the organic fu Classic for this time mold - which, I'm afraid, Serenade of the year is the bloom is bad news. The leaves Native mounta of wooly aphids on our turn black, and everything and the culinary hackberry trees. The leaves beneath the canopy of the mary have also h of the hackberries can tree turns sticky and black fair share of larw become loaded with these also. A serious mess. lems. In fact, a'fc creatures, i This scenario can alsocaterpillar is loo] These aphids like to be played out with aphids right now! It just To schedule an appointment, call 512-694-1746 There was still no news from Galveston on Aug. 18, 1915 two full days after a hurricane packing 125 mile-per-h0ur winds slammed into the island. Texans on the mainland, including 7,000 refugees from the stricken city, could only worry and wonder whether the new seawall had saved Galveston from a re- peat of the calamity of 1900. Two hurricanes in the summer of 1886, especially the August storm that fin- ished off Indianola, got some Galvestonians to think- ing again about building a barrier on the beach. But they were, as usual, badly outnumbered by neighbors, me tests who took it as an article of faith that the Oleander City was immune to nature's wrath. This fatally flawed opinion was shared by residents from all walks of life and proudly preached by the major newspapers. On top of that, a recognized authority on ocean tempests eliminated any possibility of a serious discussion of the seawall suggestion by declaring that a "cove of safety" made the island hurricane-proof. In September 1900, the people of Galveston paid a terrible price for their head- in-the-sand foolishness. A monster hurricane destroyed a third of the town, killed an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 on the island alone and another 4,000 in the surrounding and bur nts close un the cted. Lack must e insects t your ty mold. there fffective ailable. Teem Oil, 'ethrum ell. lold, ap- ~plication lgicide area. The worst natural disas- ter in American history did settle once and for all the issue of a seawall. The city hired a trio of engineers to study the problem, and in late 1901 they presented their two-part solution. In Galveston - A History David McComb described the engineers' recommenda- tion: "... a three-mile wall of solid concrete, paved on top, from the south jetty across the eastern edge of the city, and down the beach. To pre- vent flooding in the city, the elevation of the land would be raised to 18 feet at the wall and then decrease at an angle of one foot every 1,500 feet to the bay." The price tag was a staggering $3.5 million, a mind-boggling sum in turn- of-the-century dollars. But the money proved much easier to raise than anyone expected with Austin, Wash- ington and Galvestonians themselves, particularly the wealthy elite, all pitching in. 9 2 / in laurels herb rose- ad their d prob- rest tent ring at me crawled Risking their o~ n lives to save the helpless q:aptain THIS WEEK IN and crew, the sold iers ran to the rescue. Incred ibly they succeeded in pull: ng all hands to safety bc fore the ship was broken t, ) pieces. When the last ii tterurban off the island lost )ower on A Denver-based company the causeway, the ~assen- was awarded the contract gers had to walk h mk to an and construction began in inn at Virginia Poi nt. The ~ebruary 1903. The hercule- hotel washed awa/ in the n job was finished on time middle of the nigl~t sweeping nd on budget in less than 15 terrified guestst to their two years. At the dedication ceremo- ny, one of the builders ut- tered these prophetic words, "I will not say anything for the wall, for if it ever has an opportunity you will find it well able to speak for itself." The next year, the Army Corps of Engineers came in and extended the seawall from 39th Street to 53rd Street. This was done at gov- ernment expense to protect Fort Crockett. Raising the city was an even more humungous task. Sixteen million cubic yards of sand were sucked out of Galveston Bay and pumped into quarter-mile sections. The liquid evapo- rated leaving homes, busi- nesses, churches, utility lines, everything- which had been raised in advance with jackscrews- on higher and dry land. The third and final piece of the puzzle was the much- needed causeway that con- nected the island with the mainland. Upon completion in 1912, the span had room enough for two railroads, the interurban (the electric trol- ley running between Galves- ton and Houston), a 30-inch water main and two lanes of automobile traffic. Galveston was ready, or at least as ready as it would ever be, for nature's worst. Unlike the Great Storm a decade and a half earlier, islanders had ample warn- ing of the hurricane of 1915. Thousands chose to leave by train, interurban and private transportation well in ad- vance of the big blow. Safe and secure inside Fort Crockett, soldiers watched the towering waves break over the seawall. They could not believe their eyes when a three-masted schooner suddenly soared over the barrier, catching its anchor on the base of the structure. deaths. At about the sa~ the U.S. dredge, capsized and sanl offTexas City. Thi 1 and ne time, Ouston, : two miles ty-five of off a rosemary sprig. Luckily for us, the organ- ic sprays B.T. and Spinosad work well without environ- mental impact. This is the first year I have seen bag- like worms on rosemary. Both above mentioned sprays should work. While insects undoubt- edly require plants for sur- vival, it's clear that we just don't want certain varieties surviving and flourishing in our yards. Happy gar- dening everyone! If you have a ques- tion for Chris, send it via email to iathyme@yahoo. com. Or mail a postcard to It's About Thyme: 11 726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 www.itsaboutthyme. com. the 42-man crew drowned. Even though this hur- ricane was every bit as powerful as its nightmarish predecessor, fewer than 10 lives were lost in Galveston proper thanks to the seawall and higher elevation. Nearby communities were not so fortunate as a total of 71 per- ished in Texas City, Anahuac and Surfside. Bartee Halle welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions to halle@ or P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549. 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