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Lost: Female German Shepherd, about 2 years old, pink collar, lost from Hickory Hill/Great Oaks Subdivisions off FM 539, La Vernia, on Thurs., Feb. 4. Reward! 830-947-3465.
Bear, please come home! Missing since October 22, 2014, black Manx cat (no tail), shy. Reward! Help him find his way home. 210-635-7560.
Found: Basset Hound, Hwy. 97 W./Hospital Blvd., Floresville. Call 830-391-2153 between 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
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Office Assistant needed for Construction Co. in Stockdale, must pass background and drug test, accounting experience necessary, pay based on experience. Mail Resume to P.O. Box 430, Stockdale, TX 78160.
Sign maker/Installer, no experience necessary, will train, must have reliable transportation, valid driver license, ability to lift 50-70 pounds, must be able to work indoors and outdoors.  Apply in person at Photographs by Jim/Eagle Ford Signs, 1013 C. Street, Floresville. No Phone Calls.
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Q: We have put firebush on our patio and have several sugar water feeders. We expect to see ruby-throated, rufous and black-chinned hummingbirds this fall as usual. We were surprised, however, by seeing what we think are buff-breasted hummingbirds. Is that possible?

A: Yes, last year there were several buff-breasted hummingbirds identified in this period of hummingbird movement.

Q: Why isn’t there more use of winter rye with buffalo grass lawns? Seems like a perfect combination?

A: Unfortunately buffalo grass does not seem to survive if there is a winter cover of rye or fescue planted. The moisture at soil level and high humidity within the winter cover results in dieback of the buffalo grass.

Q: Are the hybrid live oaks advertised at some nurseries superior to regular live oak?

A: All live oaks are hybrids. The advertised live oak hybrids have been selected from parentage that grows more upright and at a faster rate than other live oaks. If you want those characteristics, the advertised “hybrid” can be described as superior.

Q: What is the difference between turnips and rutabagas?

A: There is not much of a difference. It is the same genus and species. Rutabagas take longer to mature and end up generally larger. Turnip foliage is often eaten. We assume it has a milder flavor.

Q: When can we plant cyclamen and pansies? It seems to me, you had us wait until November last year?

A: November is a good time to plant them because both are sensitive to hot spells. If they are planted earlier and we have a heat wave, expect them to decline instead of providing color through the winter.

Calvin Finch is a horticulturist and the director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center at Texas A&M-San Antonio. Hear him on “Gardening South Texas” on KLUP 930 AM radio Saturdays noon to 2 p.m., and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Or, email him at reader@wcn-online.com.
 

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