Texas Bluebonnets.

March 30, 2011

bluebonnets

Courtesy of Sincerely Sarah Photography

There is really nothing like Spring in the Hill Country of Texas. At this time of year we live in a veritable color paradise. All along our highways and in our fields are stunning displays of orange, blue, white, pink, and yellow. Walking out among these flowers is like traveling through Oz, and driving our highways in the Spring is anything but tiresome. The most famous of all our Texas flowers is by far the bluebonnet. Bright, cheerful, and unique, the bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and one of our most proud natural features.

The two more prevalent species of bluebonnet are found growing in Texas and no where else in the world. Historian Jack Maguire said of the bluebonnet-  “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat. The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” Here in Texas, we take our bluebonnets seriously.

For those of use who have been raised here we know that not every year is a top bluebonnet year. Although they bloom every year, it’s only every other year that is spectacular. This makes sense seeing as how Texas follows a pattern of drought one year and flooding the next. Bluebonnets bloom best when Texas has had a rainy fall and winter. Unfortunately, last year was stunning and of course, following the pattern, this year is proving to be good but not great. We didn’t get much rain and as a result all of our wildflowers suffered. That’s not to say they aren’t blooming- it’s just less than last year. Whatever kind of  year we are having, you can always find families taking photos in the midst of all the colorful blooms.

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6 Responses to “Texas Bluebonnets.”

  1. I love Bluebonnets! I’ve tried to raise them in Oklahoma, but with little success. They are a tad difficult to start from seed, but they did return each year. I love seeing large areas of them when we drive down to Texas… photographically they’re unbeatable!

  2. Gorgeous photos. I think we should all cultivate yards full of bluebonnets, then we wouldn’t have to mow until late summer!

  3. Mimi said

    Love the way you write and give lots of background info. Love the bluebells. thanks for a lovely post.

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