You probably think YOU have the best friends in the world. Nope. That’d be me! I have
twisted arms bribed, begged my Texas friends into keeping us updated on the Bluebonnet status this spring as the bloom time gets closer and closer. Yes. This is important. Extremely important. Not only is this time of the year nearly sacred but anticipated state-wide… especially after the sad bloom of 2011. There just wasn’t enough rains in the fall, then through the winter and lastly, the spring. Nary a one in my part of Texas…although I claim the whole state!
Those of us who were born and raised Texans will drive to infinity to see the blue flowers. I plan my spring trip home around the bloom…and my mother is lucky that her birthday is in April. So we celebrate her birthday most often by driving to the Hill Country to see what the good Lord has blessed Texas with in the way of Bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brush and buttercups.
So, I hereby introduce you to Dianne…a good friend since Jr. High, a wife, mom and proud grandma, a retired school administrator and a fellow Bluebonnet afficionado…which according to Fancy Nancy is the fancy way to say “WE LOVE BLUEBONNETS!” Dianne and her husband moved to the Georgetown/Austin area recently and are loving their new surroundings and she’s graciously going to keep us informed on all Bluebonnet happenings in her area. Here’s our first Man on the Street/John Q. Public report. Take it away Correspondent Dianne….
OK. Here’s today’s Bluebonnet report. I talked to Elaine this morning. She says she has true natives on her property, spontaneous growth, not seeded, so they are doing well but are very small. She says the ones that were seeded by the Ladybird projects are 6-8 inches tall now and beginning to spread out. We need rain in March for them to continue to thrive. So far, we’ve been getting a little rain each week and this is good for the bluebonnets.
The best areas to see them down here are the Fredricksburg area. The flowers are beautiful and there is so much to do there. Elaine says there are two scenic drives…Old Salt Road off of 281 is one of the drives…out of Fredricksburg that are totally gorgeous in season. I’m sure they have stuff posted about those on their website. The other area is the La Grange/Brenham area. If you visit there you can also visit the Painted Churches. PBS did a special on the Painted Churches several years ago that was wonderful.
I’ll try to get some pictures for you as the season progresses.
Looks like the bloom could be a good one this year if the rains keep coming. The drought in Texas isn’t over by a long stretch though. Lakes are still bone dry in some areas and other areas are lucky if their lakes are half full.
Thank you Dianne. We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you in the future. Correspondents from just north, more in my neck of the woods will be checking in also. We will leave no Bluebonnet behind!! 😀