Dress, 1763, silk. McCord Museum This wedding dress is one of the few 18th-c silk gowns with a hand-painted floral design to be found in a North American museum. The soft cream silk was handwoven in China, where the floral pattern was handpainted in tones of lavender, blue, yellow, green and brown. This charming dress was worn by Mary Chaloner in Guiseborough, England, when she married Colonel John Hale. The groom had served under Major-General James Wolfe.
Texas Sage - This is a wonderful plant that not only adds a lot of purple to the landscape but also a neutral tone that goes well with a lot of other desert, southwest, and native plants. Texas sage can get quite large so it works well as a background, border, boundary, and specimen.