The lower shell that encases the belly is called the plastron. The carapace and plastron are joined together on the turtle's sides by bony structures called bridges. The inner layer of a turtle's shell is made up of about 60 bones that include portions of the backbone and the ribs, meaning the turtle cannot crawl out of its shell. Tortoises, being land-based, have rather heavy shells. In contrast, aquatic and soft-shelled turtles have lighter shells that help them avoid sinking in water and swim faster with more agility. Wikepedia
Conclusion: Texas Turtles that Float the Concho are at risk of going PlastronUp when they OverImbibe and try shucking their SwimSuits.
Pistol Packin' HollyHock
In Japan, the Holly Hock was incorporated into the official seal of the Tokugawa Shogunate, and through this influence has maintained importance in modern Japanese culture.
Such a beautiful and perfect example of one Mother Nature's symmetrical creations.
Texas Mother Nature blessed us with a bountiful harvest of 'Pistol Packin' Holly Hocks this year at the San Angelo Picket Fence Gardens.
Magazine Display at Hastings
Featuring Famous Cowboy Movie Star/Singer
This Symmetry Theme was fun for me, as it is my Nature to Balance Everything.
However, as a Professional Artist/Designer I have 'Forced' myself to be A-Symmetrical LopSider!
The songs that filled the air with silver showers,
The lovely dreams that were of morn a part.
Yet still in tender light the garden lies;
The warm, sweet winds are whispering soft and low;
Brown bees and butterflies flit to and fro;
The peace of heaven is inthe o'erarching skies.
And here be four-o'clocks, just opening wide
Their many colored petals to the sun,
As glad to live as if the evening dun
Were far away, and morning had not died!
When nothing else will grow and bloom for lack of moisture and the extreme Texas heat, I can always count on Four'OClocks.
Botanically known as Mirabilis jalapa..Marvel of Peru, it is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis, and is available in a range of colours Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is a town in Mexico. The flower is said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540. A curious aspect of this plant is that flowers of different colors can be found simultaneously on the same plant. (more info on Wikipedia)
It's that time of year for the Monarch Butterfly to head South for the Winter.
An amazing and much anticipated migration from Canada to Mexico.
With Texas being smack dab in the middle of the route to Mexico,
Texans gear up every year by creating Habitats for the Monarchs.
Butterfly gardens are easy to plant, and you can design one that gives monarchs habitat throughout their breeding cycle. As with all butterflies, you should grow plants that will host the eggs and feed the larvae ("caterpillar plants") and/or Provide nectar to adult butterflies ("nectar plants").
Milkweed is the monarch's larval plant. It is the host for egg-laying and the food for the larvae. Here are a few milkweed species you may be able to plant in your region:
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Adult monarchs will be attracted to gardens that provide nectar for them. Be sure to choose varieties of flowers that have early and late blooming times, so that nectar sources will be available throughout the season. Here are some favorite nectaring plants:
Sedum such as "Autumn Joy
Rough Blazing Star
Monarchs, like the majority of butterflies drink nectar from flowers through their tongues, which function much like straws. From the list of nectaring plants, I have Autum Joy which blooms in perfect time for the Monarch Migration through Texas.
It's past time for the Monarch Migration through Texas, but this Prince of Butterfly's must have gotten a late start and just yesterday, made a PitStop in my backyard to fill up for the Trip South of the Border.