Bluebonnet Season’s Coming

Another snow last night … sheesh! But what’s ahead of us, according to this year’s wildflower forecast, is gonna be amazing.
[note: this post replaces one that got corrupted when I lost a photo]

Texas Wildflowers poster

The Star-Telegram article credits the wet, nasty winter we’ve had with helping the wildflowers germinate:

“We should have a spectacular show this year,” said Barney Lipscomb, with the Fort Worth-based Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
Texas bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, showy primrose and other colorful flora soon will be blanketing North Texas fields and lining grassy areas along highways.
Lipscomb said spring rain is helpful, but it’s the rain received in fall that gives flowers the much-needed moisture to germinate. North Texas received 16.33 inches of rain from September to November, ranking it No. 5 among the wettest falls.
“If you don’t get much germination you won’t get much of a show,” Lipscomb said.

I can hardly wait for scenes like these to erupt (usually, Easter’s the first sign of wildflowers up here on top of the Caprock, where I live):

Steve Marcus Photo


I know where there’s a fencerow that will look like this pretty soon!

bluebonnets

SonoftheSouth's bluebonnets


SonoftheSouth shows West Texas bluebonnets in that art-quality photo (you can buy it if you like here).

UT photo of wildflowers

UT Photo


This lovely University of Texas photo shows not all bluebonnets are blue (albino variant):

we have El Nino weather to thank for not just that nasty cold persistent weather, but for what will probably be the best wildflower season we’ve had since 2007.

Go here for a bluebonnet livecam:
http://www.wildflower.org/bbcam/

Oh, and I found something, in the store, that’s really close to the yummy brown bread from a Lubbock steakhouse I’ve been looking for for years. It’s Pepperidge Farms bread’s “heart healthy” dark brown German wheat bread (it has about 9 billion kinds of seeds embedded, but a few of them are indeed the fine round pale grain I found so intriguing). It may indeed be millet!

bread

German wheat bread

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5 responses to “Bluebonnet Season’s Coming

  1. grahamfirchlis

    A nasty wet winter. We have so longed for one, and are delighted to have had it. More rain last night, and daytime temps back down into the low 50s with a brisk damp wind. Yeah, I know, no snow, but for us that’s chilly.

    I’ll take another six weeks of cool and rainy here, and be delighted.

  2. hipparchia

    i wondered what happened.

    anyway, the dogwoods, redbuds, and azaleas are all blooming like crazy here [in people's yards], as well as assorted cute little weeds with yellow, white, or purple flowers [in vacant lots].

    the cultivated and tamed flowers will drop off later in the summer [or earlier, for some of them] but the weeds keep on blooming all summer long. i keep meaning to look them all up and find out what they all are.

  3. blacksheepone

    hipparchia:
    I am sorry earlier comments went south; I tried to replace the photo that disappeared (an ongoing issue for me, I have a lot of old posts at correntewire with similar annoying holes) and ended up somehow corrupting the post completely.
    Sigh.
    Went out looking for wildflowers this afternoon, and covered about 200 miles, finding … a few early-blooming ocotillo, in Kent and Borden counties.
    So. In a couple more weeks I’m going out on the Texas Highways’ route for Llano Estacado (that’s north of Amarillo, according to TH; but I live on the south edge of the Llano Estacado myself. Those plains run from just west of Gail / Big Spring / Snyder … into Canada.)

    Here’s a map of current wildflower sightings:
    http://www.dot.state.tx.us/GIS/FLORA_main/viewer.htm

    Road fever, in the spring. Oh, and if you want a wildflowers poster, drop me an email with a snailmail address. I can get ‘em at the TxDot office, a nice afternoon stroll from my house, for free. :)

  4. Ralph J Templin

    Would like permission to have the “Texas Wildflowers” poster copied to canvas. Can you provide that permission?

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