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Bluebonnets


Bluebonnets

The State Flower of Texas.

The Bluebonnet was named for its color. During its bloom which begins each year in late March, the hills of Texas appear to be tinged in blue. A blue haze hangs over the countryside. It is also when the winter breaks and the warm air returns. People take to the hills stopping their cars along country roads to enjoy.

 


A Truly Texas Arrangement

Scientifically named Lupinus texensis the Texas Bluebonnet blooms all over south and central Texas. Its lushness and plenty depends on the winter rains.

In recent years botanists have begun to make the bluebonnet in the colors of the Texas flag -- red, white, and blue. While blue is and it is hoped will always be dominate, most Texans are proud of the new colors.

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Following the bluebonnets come the mountain laurel, daisys, black-eyed susans, Indian blankets, Indian paint brushes, wine cups, wild roses, corn flowers, queen ann lace, poppies, morning glories, even the cacti bloom, and the trees burst into color. On and on it goes.

The wildflowers continue to bloom from late March through to fall, one color following another until you come to the planted flowers of winter -- pansies, marigolds, geraniums, and flowering cabbages.

Winter last a month or two, then spring and the wildflowers come back again.

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Indian Paint


This picture was taken in a field near my home. I simply stopped driving and took to looking at the beauty that is Texas and that surrounds me every spring.


We all thank Lady Bird Johnson for her vision and love. She led many of us to love and respect our natually occuring wildflowers and taught us to strive to make our spring displays even better.

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