Bluebonnets 2013

Bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country

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Multiple Color Along The RoadThick color and lush plantsRocks and Bluebonnets
Multiple Color Along The Road
Multiple Color Along The Road
Thick color and lush plants
Thick color and lush plants
Rocks and Bluebonnets
Rocks and Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets and the Texas Drought

With the lack of rain due to the drought, this year's Bluebonnet crop was in question! Would there be bluebonnets this Spring? My husband and I drove up to Marble Falls from the Austin area today with the sole purpose of checking out this year's crop of wildflowers.

We found ourselves meandering on country roads through Liberty Hill and driving North on Highway 1431. Our best photos were taken on backroads in the Marble Falls area.

More Spring Color

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Varied colorsCactus and Bluebonnets. I love the mix.Roadside Bluebonnet TreasurePastoral Bluebonnet Scene With Mallbox
Varied colors
Varied colors
Cactus and Bluebonnets. I love the mix.
Cactus and Bluebonnets. I love the mix.
Roadside Bluebonnet Treasure
Roadside Bluebonnet Treasure
Pastoral Bluebonnet Scene With Mallbox
Pastoral Bluebonnet Scene With Mallbox

The Perils of Photography

These photos were taken with my new IPhone. There was no traffic and we were able to pull over and walk the few feet required to snap a picture. It was my fortune to be wearing shoes instead of sandals for our afternoon adventure. My foot found a fire ant bed near a patch of bluebonnets. In a matter of seconds, my shoe was covered with ants, but I received only a few bites. With the help of a Benadryl, my ant bites felt better within the hour! Recent rain showers had washed the mound into the grass hiding its presence in the bright sun.

Where is the green grass?

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Is This Year Different?

The drought has taken its toll on the Texas Hill Country. Many trees have succumbed to the lack of rain. The grasses along the roadways are not lush and green this year. That may change if we have substantial rain in the near future. The bluebonnets stand tall in areas where grass is brown and stunted.

Lush Flowers

Lush Bluebonnets With a Beautiful White Fence
Lush Bluebonnets With a Beautiful White Fence

Bluebonnets and Cactus

Fields filled with blooming flowers are beautiful, but I love to see the bluebonnets surrounding a cactus plant, or growing next to a large rock or stone. One of the breathtaking sights today was a lush patch of bluebonnets next to a sprawling crisp white fence. The contrast was very appealing!

The other wildflowers often seen emerging with the bluebonnets were not found. Perhaps the weather is not warm enough yet for the Indian Paintbrush and pink Buttercups!

As the days pass, the bluebonnets will continue to grow. A little rain aids their survival. Hot temperatures will cause these flowers to wilt. They love moderate temperatures mixed with rainy or cloudy days!

Find time to take a drive and see the flowers this Spring! Don't forget your camera!!

One Week Later

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Tall bluebonnetsLush and greenGreen fields and lots of BluebonnetsGorgeous Bluebonnets
Tall bluebonnets
Tall bluebonnets
Lush and green
Lush and green
Green fields and lots of Bluebonnets
Green fields and lots of Bluebonnets
Gorgeous Bluebonnets
Gorgeous Bluebonnets

The Bluebonnets Are In Full Bloom

Just one week later, the Central Texas bluebonnets are mature and lush. Rain showers during the week combined with mild sunny days have added rich color to the native flowers. In addition, the wild flowers have burst out with vivid color adding a full color pallet to the Texas landscape.

With warmer temperatures predicted this week, the longevity of the blooms may be threatened. Colder air is predicted during the middle of the week which may help keep our landscape gorgeous awhile longer.

If you have not been out to tour the local area and the gorgeous Spring terrain, plan a trip soon or you might miss our famous wildflower season! Watch out for those fire ants!

WILDFLOWERS

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Additional Spring color along the roadIn the middle of town?Love it!So gorgeous I wanted to pick themVaried colors of bluebonnets, the new rage.PoppiesRich and healthy crop of poppies
Additional Spring color along the road
Additional Spring color along the road
In the middle of town?
In the middle of town?
Love it!
Love it!
So gorgeous I wanted to pick them
So gorgeous I wanted to pick them
Varied colors of bluebonnets, the new rage.
Varied colors of bluebonnets, the new rage.
Poppies
Poppies
Rich and healthy crop of poppies
Rich and healthy crop of poppies

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

The beautiful bluebonnets are worth the trip, Paula, but watch out for those fire ants - they are mean lil devils.

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