Friday, April 23, 2010

Making Laredo Beautiful

A tree planting ceremony will take place tomorrow, Saturday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Cielito Lindo Park (5602 Isidore Lane).

Those taking part in the event are the LBJ Honor Society, Keep Laredo Beautiful, and the City of Laredo Parks and Leisure Department.

Councilwoman Liendo-Espinoza recently told me that plants had been stolen from a newly-dedicated park in El Azteca.  I've seen this happen at other locations in central Laredo.  While trees may be safe from thieves, decorative plants are another thing.

One thing I'd like to suggest is that the city use plants that are somewhat invasive and/or easily propagated.  The plants pictured can be easily divided and grown from small cuttings.  If the "spinoffs" are stolen from their new location, you can just start again and not worry about the financial aspect.

Of course you want to take care of the theft issue from local parks, but this could be an efficient way to go when trying to landscape a park or walkway.

The plant in the first picture can add some color to any landscape.  It can act as a groundcover, carpeting a wide plot, or it can be contained to a small area. 

The plants in the second shot are great too.  The ones with the white flowers (Vinca) are pretty low maintenance, and the succulent-looking pointy plant is quite aggressive in its growth.  I've heard it referred to as "La lengua de la suegra."

The last shot is that of the "Esperanza" (Yellow Bells).  It's easily propagated and the showy yellow flowers (when in bloom) add wonderful color to any project.

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