Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bluebonnet Time in Texas

Today we'll take a break from all the hard work on Emily's house to drive some of the roads of Texas.
 This is my favorite time of year in Texas! (I do love all the seasons here...even the heat!) 
I remember when I lived in Alberta and Ontario...I would dream of springtime in Texas.
The Bluebonnet is the official state flower of Texas and it grows like a weed here (OH...it is a weed!)
The Bluebonnets in this picture grow in my back yard. 
The last few years the Bluebonnets in my front and back yard were so thick I was not able to walk in the yard. I would look out front and see people sitting in my yard having their picture made among my flowers (some even brought their dogs!)  It was beautiful...but alas...to have them come back each year you have to let them go to seed.  UGH! The neighbors didn't take too kindly to my wild, weedy yard.

This is my patio...covered in wisteria. Don't you love seeing a Christmas flower (the red Poinsettia) in among the spring flowers?
Close up of bluebonnets.
Bluebonnets grow along roadsides and in bar ditches throughout the state.
As you drive along the highways you will see cars stopped along the road anywhere there is a Bluebonnet patch.  This is a Texas ritual...pictures of your children (grandchildren) sitting in the bluebonnets.

And these are the sweetest of all grandchildren!

For those of you close enough to take a little drive, you can go to the Texas Wildflower Alert and find where the best flowers are currently blooming.  Our long drought, combined with an exceptionally cold winter and El Nino rains has created one of the best wildflower years in a long while.  Don't miss it!
Hope you enjoyed traveling the roads of Texas with me! We'll go again soon when the Indian Paintbrush, Mexican Hat, and the Indian Blankets start to bloom. It's beautiful!!
Till tomorrow, when I return to do more work on Emily's house!

5 Cowgurls said:

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi, I'm a Texan and bluebonnet lover, too! In fact, my hubby and I took a road trip last week to look at the wildflowers in the Hill Country, and I'm posting my pics tomorrow.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

Cathy Bryant

The Gough Inn said...

I've gotta make a trip in the spring to see fields of Bluebonnets -- lucky U! .. I love those flowers even if they are a weed.
New to your blog -- I'll be back..

Terri said...

I love your bluebonnets but the wisteria! oh I want to come sit underneath it! Beautiful!
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Lori said...

So beautiful! You are a lucky girl. I am from Alberta and we just had our April snow storm. I'm waiting for the daffodils to bloom.

Rising Rainbow said...

boy, Texas sure didn't look like that when I went through it. I know it was the wrong time of the year but there was no clue wildflowers grew like that in what I saw.