In honor of the approaching Earth Day (Monday, April 22 if you’re curious), we’d like to touch on the beauty of growing your own veggies, fruits and herbs. If you’re at all like me, the idea has always sounded appealing, but I have yet to actually jump in and take a stab at it. I think mainly because I just plain haven’t made the effort to learn anything about it! So, now — a chance to get informed. Not sure what to plant? The county and the all-knowing internet has made finding this out pretty easy for us, providing calendars of ‘what to plant when’ online.
So what’s on the list for planting in April in Travis County?
One of the MANY wonders of living in Texas….all the stunning flowers!!!
We never noticed the beauty because we were too busy trying to create it. (Anonymous)
by Catherine Hearn
Earth Day is this Sunday, and with incredible wildflowers blooming all around it’s easy to appreciate and marvel in the beauty of the earth. In light of Earth Day, make tiny efforts this month to regain an appreciation for your natural surroundings. Take out our your ear buds when you work out, go for a walk outside and listen to the birds and the rustle of the leaves, connect with the smells and sounds of nature, the beauty of the flowers and the lush greenery.
To enhance your appreciation – and possibly improve your random trivia scores – Here are a few not-so-widely-known facts about some of those Texas wildflowers you will see as you stroll:
As each flower ages, one of the top petals turns purple-red.
Looks like a little bonnet when you look at it closely. After it rains, look for a drop of water in each bonnet or bowl-like petal.
Part of the Legume family
Looks like a Mexican sombrero
The tall, finger-like stem growing above the petals turns brown as the flower ages
Can be used for making dye
Many species are parasitic, using the roots of other
plants to help them grow
Often seen in fields with bluebonnets
Grow in sandy soil
Now, go ahead and fully appreciate these beauties as you pass them on your daily errands and impress your friends with the new knowledge you’ve just acquired!