Winter Driftwood

On a mission to forage mesquite wood for succulent arrangements, I ventured back out to the YL Ranch. I showcased this area in southwestern Throckmorton County last summer. Unlike then, it is the dead of winter without much living botanical interest, but the history of the property is interesting enough. I was easily distracted by the discarded and out-dated farm equipment that was scattered across a slope behind the barn. I even picked up a few bottles in some unique shapes.

An impromptu dried arrangement in one of the bottles was too much to resist. A gray and dreary landscape provided a fitting background.

Ducks are plentiful this season.

 Xanthium strumarium, Cocklebur

Xanthium strumarium, Cocklebur

 Solanum elaeagnifolium, Silverleaf Nightshade

Solanum elaeagnifolium, Silverleaf Nightshade

 Liatris puncata, Gayfeather

Liatris puncata, Gayfeather

 Opuntia sp., Prickly Pear Cactus skeleton

Opuntia sp., Prickly Pear Cactus skeleton

 Monarda citriodora, Lemon Beebalm

Monarda citriodora, Lemon Beebalm

 Centaurea americana, American Basketflower

Centaurea americana, American Basketflower

Ok, back to the task at hand: FINDING WOOD! Several years ago this fence-line was cleared of old growth mesquite wood in order to make room for new fence construction. This provided a great hunting ground for interesting specimens. Mesquite grows in unusual and unpredictable patterns, displaying ribs, knots, and wrinkles in a very attractive fashion. This allows great opportunities to fill cavities with succulents and other plants, creating an ideal showpiece for a courtyard, entryway, or tabletop. 

After a bit of scavenging, I was ready to head back to town with a truck full of aged mesquite wood.

And then the transfer into the car. 

And a final transfer into the studio space. These all will make beautiful displays, with or without succulents, in someone's home or workplace. If you or someone you know would appreciate one of these pieces, please send me an email by clicking the contact button on my homepage.