“Purple as it comes, telling of a change
In seasons…This kind of wisdom blooms
On a Texas sage” (from a poem by yours truly titled Deep Soil)
And Texas sage does tell it like it is.
Spring is nearly over.
Here comes summer.
Purple is as purple does.
The silvery-white bush bursts with color.
And it’s doing it all over town.
Take the Texas sage tour.
There’s one in front of Law Offices of Laird Palmer.
Go further up the highway past Capital Farm Credit.
Look to your left down Robin Street.
From the Scrophulariaceae family.
But not all sages are created equal.
Some bloom white.
Some bloom pink.
Some display lavender blue.
Thunder Cloud blooms purple.
A cultivar of Leucophyllum frutescens.
And that seems to be the most popular.
Continuing up the highway, there’s some in front of Beaty’s.
And another eye-grabber across from Nacho’s Cafe below Mi Pueblo.
St. Joseph Catholic Church has a few.
So does Mason High School.
Texas sage smells good.
And attracts bees.
A native of the Chihuahuan Desert, it does well in heat, wind, and drouth.
And in backyards, front yards, and side yards all over town.
Carlene and Bill Brollier have a showstopper.
There should be a prize for this sort of thing.
There’s another at the corner of Live Oak and Kettner.
And another at Moody and Bryan behind the Mason Museum.
Also known as Texas Ranger or Silverleaf, this bush can be seen thriving at the Mason County Library.
And in Heritage Park.
Santos Taqueria boasts several.
There’s a beauty behind First United Methodist Church.
Across from Bridges House B&B on Broad Street.
Another blooms at The Apple Cottage B&B just east of the square on Hwy 29.
And nearby, one is fixing to bloom across from Sonlight Apple Orchard.
You can kill ‘em with kindness.
And too much water.
On their own, they give their all…
In Puncher Purple.
Especially when it rains.
Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square www.reneewalkerwriterpoet.com