The Green Anole may seem to be “just another” lizard from the vast reptilian world, but if you ask me, these lizards are wizards!

They can change body color at will and do the classic disappearing act by blending into their surroundings as if like magic! If you are a nature enthusiast living on the San Antonio River Watershed, you would surely have noticed these eye-catching green lizards in sunny areas, amongst greenery and moisture. They are sometimes called “American Chameleons” because of their ability to change color from shades of brown to bright green depending on their mood, temperature, humidity and health.

With the abundant spring rains, SAWS customers are now under Stage One watering requirements.  Watering by hand-held hose or bucket is allowed any day, any time.  Drip irrigation or soaker hoses can also be used any day, any time.  Use of a sprinkler or irrigation system is permitted any day before 11:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.  Even with these relaxed requirements, we still need to conserve our water usage. 

This photo shows neighbor Janie Barrera at 228 Washington St. standing in front of what was left of a very large red oak tree that for decades had shaded her entire front garden.  The trunk was several feet in diameter.  Janie said she was standing on the front porch on the morning of April 24, the day before the King William Fair, when the tree just leaned over and almost blocked the entire street.  Unfortunately, it also fell on one end and corner of her porch and home.  Luckily the limbs blocking the street were removed in time to set up Fair booths along the curb, and the remains made quite a show for passing Fair visitors the next day. 

The following is based on the book (cited above) by Douglas W. Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware.  It gives us something to consider in selecting garden plants.

Spring is behind us and summer blooms are starting.  Crepe myrtles especially are beginning to flower and will for the next couple of months.  The first to bloom is the large white Natchez.  Their bright white flowers are spectacular.  Natchez is one of a few crepe myrtles that have a fragrance.  It is not to late to add Natchez to your garden, but give it room to grow.  It can reach heights of 25 feet or more.  Several examples are growing along S. Alamo St. near Beauregard.