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):
I know where there’s a fencerow that will look like this pretty soon!
SonoftheSouth shows West Texas bluebonnets in that art-quality photo (you can buy it if you like here).
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:
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!