A Texas Tradition

It is that time of year when every Texan heads out to hunt for Bluebonnets.  It becomes pandemonium along the highways as everyone stops their cars and jumps into the fields to make a picture.

We found a beautiful field full of blue on a road away from the busy highway.  You can see how big the field is by the people off in the distance. Kids, dogs and adults were being photographed to preserve a perfect day with our beloved state flowers.

Disappearing Bluebonnets


Every year my front yard usually has a nice display of our beloved state flower the Bluebonnet.  I plant seeds and also buy plants to insure a full display.  There are usually enough Bluebonnets to get a good photo of family members in front of them.  The above photo is from years past.  This year was not a good year.


As usual, I  planted as I described above only to find all the Bluebonnets eaten.  Being optimistic, I ran to the garden center and bought more to plant.  Again, all the Bluebonnets were gone along with other plants and camellias.  Early one morning I found the culprit, a buck with the biggest rack I have seen in my neighborhood.  Apparently, he spent the fall eating all my front landscape.  The deer did miss one little corner of my yard and three Bluebonnets have survived. I guess I had to take what I could get this year without the usual dazzling blue display.

Bluebonnets…Spring is Officially Here


Bluebonnets are the beloved flower of Texans.  Their seeds are scattered throughout the state along roadways and fields.  Every Texas child has had their photo taken in a patch.

A Late Spring


Spring came late to the Gulf Coast.


The Azaleas are just beginning to bloom and are about two weeks late.


The Ancore Azaleas usually bloom a month earlier.


The Japanese Fern always returns and grow to full size in just a few weeks.


This Rudbeckia was a surprise bloomer and had continued to grow during the cold winter.


Bluebonnets have bloomed as early as February in past years.  The great thing about a blog is that it gives an instant diary of of the garden.


Bluebonnets, Texas Rite of Spring


Bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are the Texas State flower.


Once a patch is established, they will drop their seeds for next year’s show.


Bees love them.  Enlarge the photo to see the bee loaded with pollen.


Texans are crazy for Bluebonnets.  Texas highways, fields and bayous are filled with them in the spring. There are maps, trails, and blogs marking the best places for viewing the beloved state flower.  It is a tradition for every Texan to have a  photo taken in a patch of Bluebonnets.  Nothing stirs the heart of a Texan more than a waving field of Bluebonnets and if there happens to be a Longhorn standing in the middle of them, it is nirvana!