President's Message - Diane Graves-Smith
May 2003

Greetings to my Fellow Master Naturalists,

Following up on my musings from last month, the saying is "April showers bring May flowers". I don't know about where you live, but I'm still waiting for the April Showers. The soil in my yard is already dry and hard. I about killed myself getting the shepherd's hook for the hummingbird feeder in the ground. But water was last month's subject. This month let's focus on those May flowers.

A friend of ours had to call from his car as he was driving down to Austin last weekend. He couldn't say enough about the wildflowers. This year is a really top-notch show. If you haven't had an opportunity to get out, don't miss the Chapter outing on Saturday, May 3 at the Stella Rowan Prairie. Jeff Quayle will be conducting Wildflower Tours on the hour beginning at 9 AM with the last tour beginning at 1 PM. We would like to have you, your family and friends join us for the tours and some socializing. Please bring something to eat and spend some time at the Wilderness Camp area.

Bringing things closer to home, I am sure my neighbors wonder sometimes about my non-conventional yard (no grass). However, I feel vindicated this time of year after an opening round of the Redbud tree followed by the Bluebonnets competing with the Calylophus for the most show. Of course, the Prairie Verbena, the Coral Honeysuckle, the Crossvine and the Columbine (both yellow and the red/yellow two-tone) are having their say. Just this week, I noticed blossoms beginning on the Gulf Coast Penstemon, Phlox Pilosa, Salvia greggii, Coreopsis and Gaura. I guess it just doesn't get any better than this.

But maybe you don't have your own Wildscape. Here are some excellent outdoor opportunities for all of us (see our web site for details):

What a glorious time of the year! I hope you enjoy the May Flowers as much as I do.

Diane Graves Smith

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