Long holiday weekend. So of course we head up to the building site to see what we can see. And what did we see? Lots of progress and lots of standing water from the previous night’s rain. I did not include any pics of the standing water because it will be gone soon and I don’t want you to get depressed about it. 😉
More registers have been placed in the ceiling, more electrical has been drawn through the house, and one of the HVAC systems has been installed. This was all accomplished Thursday afternoon, I think, because the crew does not work on Fridays. Closets in bedrooms and bathrooms have been started. Electrical boxes are popping up and wire is hanging down for light fixtures. Pipes are appearing in bathrooms. Stuff is happening!
Boy, was it hot and steamy on this holiday weekend Saturday. There always seems to be something new to see on our traditional hike, though, so we headed out. Frequent shade stops were necessary but, with much huffing and puffing from all three of us, a successful hike was made.
And I have learned some interesting stuff about the sotol plant. For one thing, it is not a cactus. It is considered a native shrub.
Texas Sotol, Green Sotol
Texas sotol has light green leaves, a short trunk, and spectacular flower stalks from 9 to 15 feet tall. The slender individual leaves are under 1/2 inch wide and barely 3 feet long, spreading from a central trunk that is sometimes partially buried underground. It grows in arid, rocky limestone habitats in the Trans-Pecos, Edwards Plateau, and into Mexico. The dioecious flowers (male and female on separate plants) appear from May to August, attracting hummingbirds when they are mature. The leaves have dangerously sharp spines or teeth along their margins, so they must be planted away from pedestrian areas unless they are used for security barriers. Like all dasylirions, they need well-drained soil and full sun to thrive, and are very drought and heat tolerant. Texas sotols are highly ornamental landscape plants, as accents, massed as large focal points, or in pots. Throughout history Sotols have provided man with material for structures, roofs, baskets, mats, ropes, food and even liquor (“sotol”). They also provide fodder for cattle during droughts.–Texas Native Plants Database
And indeed, it is a popular liquor!