Change Is Good at the Wildscape

by Catherine Johnson

Due to recent storms, we were able to see which native plants were toughest.  We have exchanged some for sumacs, elbow and Mexican honeysuckle bushes, Gulf coast muhly and brake lights yucca. 

Come see what’s blooming at our Earth Day celebration on  Saturday April 24, at Bird and Bee Farm from 8 am-12 pm.

A Visit to Hamilton Chapel Cemetery

by Catherine Johnson

As part of our “Let’s Get Outside” activities, I visited Hamilton Chapel Cemetery.  It is located before you get to Champions Drive [in Milam County], and where I live was part of the Hamilton community.

Entrance to Hamilton Chapel Cemetery

In 1860 Mr. Hamilton donated land for a church, school and cemetery.  Gravesites include a woman who was a citizen of the Republic of Texas. 

Nancy Anders, citizen of the Texas Republic

Also, Hicks Carlisle and his parents are buried there. Hicks and his brother James volunteered for World War I in 1917. Both were killed in France on the same day in 1918. They received many heroic awards. 

Old graves behind a fence of the style common in this area

A tribute to a young boy reads, “How much light , How much joy, is buried with a Darling Boy.”

Grave detail

The entry road had been improved and clearing started. It is a peaceful place of nature and worthy of maintaining.

Graves
Wonder what these were for?
Oaks at the cemetery

A Snowy Wildscape

by Catherine Johnson

Gary drove me to the Milam Wildscape in the storm through back roads, which were safe.  In addition to the snow, the Wildscape had also just recently received 9 inches of rain, but it held!!   

Enjoy some photos of the wintry wildscape!

It’s almost unrecognizable!

In the gallery below, be sure to click the images to see them full size!

Kim Gets Dirty at the Wildscape

by Catherine Johnson

I went to the Wildscape to care for an ill and loyal garden cat.

Kitty not feeling well

Master Naturalist Kim went too. After caring for the cat, I found Kim at the frog pond which was very dirty and dry and snakey.

Fixing up the frog pond

She got it back in shape.

Kitty inspects Kim’s work!

A lot of plants are blooming.

Email me for hours, plants, or go visit Friday or Saturday morning!