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Pictures of Beautiful Wildflowers in our Houston, Texas Subdivision Greenbelt Area

Updated on August 10, 2017
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My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Evening primrose wildflower
Evening primrose wildflower | Source


We are fortunate to be living in a subdivision that has a greenbelt area. Wildflowers are in abundance particularly in the Spring. While walking with my husband a couple of days ago, and noting the wildflowers, we went back to our home to grab my digital camera with which I could take the pictures for this post.

The way that the originators of this older subdivision set up the common areas was brilliant. In fact many newer subdivisions have followed the pattern and adopted similar plan layouts.

While there are a few main streets circling through this planned community, at the end of every block or two, one can reach the greenbelt where there is a paved one and a half mile path with frequent benches in a park-like setting.

Coreopsis nuecensis wildflower with bee
Coreopsis nuecensis wildflower with bee | Source

Friendswood Development Company

The very first subdivision envisioned and created by Friendswood Development Company was in Clear Lake which is located between Houston and Galveston.

NASA (the National Aeronautical Space Administration) is nearby and for individuals who have jobs working for NASA, Clear Lake is a very convenient location.

Also those that might work in or near the City of Houston, but who wish to enjoy their weekends at the beach, living on this south-eastern side of the city offers advantages.

Cow Vetch wildflowers
Cow Vetch wildflowers | Source

The Gulf of Mexico lures many an individual with its specific siren call. Some of these reasons include the following:

  • The sounds of calm or crashing waves of the ocean depending upon the weather
  • Salt air breezes
  • Watching seagulls skimming the air currents
  • Walking upon the beach in warm sand.
  • A laid back atmosphere in which people can unwind during weekends or holidays.

The architects of the Clear Lake community designed a family friendly community with hiking paths, green and open spaces, playgrounds, swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and other amenities.

Residents liked this concept and it was not long before other subdivisions in other parts of the city were developed next.

Some time ago instead of paying management fees to an outside entity, the residents of our area decided to manage this subdivision themselves. Thanks to many dedicated volunteers who chair various committees along with other volunteer committee members it seems to be working well.

Thus we got the benefit of the expertise by Friendswood Development Company in planning our community as they already had a successful launch and friendly reception in their Clear Lake development.

And now we have "hands on" management by people who live in and care for this enclave of around 1,000 primarily custom built homes.

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Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source
Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source


Since the main point of this post is to share with you a few pictures of the wildflowers that are now abundant in our greenbelt area, join us on our stroll through the walking, jogging, hiking and biking paths and hopefully you can enjoy these harbingers of Spring along with us.

The picture below is a tiny little flower that one could almost overlook. Note the size of the flowers verses the grass leaves which surround them for comparison purposes.

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source

Drainage Ditch

The greenbelt area also serves another important purpose. A drainage ditch was built to catch the overflow of heavy rains and runs through the center of the paved hiking path area.

As many people probably already know, Houston, Texas is relatively flat topographically.

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Greenbelt area with drainage ditch and wildflowers
Greenbelt area with drainage ditch and wildflowers | Source
Greenbelt area with drainage ditch and wildflowers
Greenbelt area with drainage ditch and wildflowers | Source

Good drainage is essential to keep homes and businesses from being flooded when we get our occasional heavy rains and even hurricanes that sometimes visit this side of the Gulf of Mexico.

Keeping our drainage ditches clear and free flowing is essential. They also act as reservoirs to temporarily hold excess water when needed.

All water from this part of the country eventually drains into our various creeks and bayous ultimately emptying out into the Gulf of Mexico.

Landscaped around this most important and serviceable element in our subdivision is our greenbelt area with surrounding paths, both paved and unpaved.

The unpaved paths are formed by the frequent use of joggers or people walking their dogs. The paved pathway is slightly above the unpaved and further up the hill.

Lighting comes on at night making our greenbelt not only safer but also inviting to use at all hours of the day.

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source

My husband was patiently walking the paved pathways back and forth while I was down on the lower unpaved path snapping these pictures.

Look at this next photo and compare the clover leaf with the size of these tiny blossoms!

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source

The following flowers were also diminutive in size but slightly larger than the ones pictured above.

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source
Wildflowers | Source

Viewed from a distance, the flowers above are seen as a haze of yellow.

When looking at them up close, as in this picture, the tip of each tall stem is probably on average around two feet tall and it's branches holds a tiny little cluster of these bright and cheery looking yellow flowers.

Cow Vetch Wildflowers
Cow Vetch Wildflowers | Source

This distinctive plant was also featured in a picture above showing a closeup of these tubular shaped wildflowers.

Here it is growing in a cluster and begs to be looked at and admired.

On average this wildflower grows to about one foot in height.

Dandelion (wildflower) photo
Dandelion (wildflower) photo | Source

While the dandelion viewed above might be considered by some people to be a noxious weed, who would disagree that the gossamer white lighter than air seed pod is not a thing of beauty?

Is there a child alive who has not picked a dandelion in this stage of development and with a puff of air blown off the individual filamented wispy parts of the dandelion into a cloud of dispersed seeds traveling to their next possible site of generation?

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source

These crimson beauties shown above were some of the first wildflowers to appear this Spring along our greenbelt area. Vivid in coloration they can be appreciated from a distance but are spectacular when viewed up close as in this photo.

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The hill coming up from the drainage ditch on each side is left to grow in its natural state until all of these perennial wildflowers have had a chance to go to seed thereby paving the way for next year's annual show. After that time has passed, it is then mowed.

Most years there are also bluebonnets in bloom but prior to this years wildflower show, our drainage ditch was cleared of excess sediment that had collected over time. Some of the hills sloping up from the ditch were scraped clear to maintain the efficiency of the drainage system for a longer period of time.

Hopefully the bluebonnets will reappear by next year.

The delicate flowers below are less noticeable than the brightly hued ones, but add texture and interest to the overall impression.

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source


One might easily imagine the wildlife that is attracted to our greenbelt areas. Birds of almost every description find this a wonderful place to not only seek water, but also fill their gullets with insects and seeds.

Turtles can generally be seen resting on the concrete sides of the ditch. Deep throated sounds of croaking toads accompany one when hiking these paths. There are undoubtedly field mice and snakes and lizards that enjoy this environment.

The trees that are grown further up the hill by the paved and shaded pathways are frequented by playful squirrels who dart around the trunks of the trees frequently chasing one another.

Our subdivision newsletter constantly warns residents about not leaving their cats or small animals out to roam at night as coyotes have been viewed and obviously could make a meal of one's beloved pet. Most people apparently heed that warning as one does not see the number of free roaming cats as we did in our former subdivision prior to moving here.

While we have never personally seen wildlife larger than the turtles and some large seabirds that venture in this far from the Gulf of Mexico, no doubt that there are also the possums, raccoons, skunks (we have smelled the occasional odor!), armadillos and other wild creatures that would be more evident in the evenings and at night when the greenbelt area is less frequented by human passage.

Everyone needs some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and nature can provide that respite.

Fortunately for us this greenbelt area is one short block away from our home and we often stroll the path taking us through this open green space in the midst of our subdivision.

By no means is this an exhaustive review of what wildflowers might be seen there and since this is March 31 at the time of this posting, more types might yet appear as the season changes.

Hopefully you enjoyed this glimpse of the wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area from these pictures that I snapped a couple of days ago. If so, please leave a comment below. Thanks!

Wildflower photo
Wildflower photo | Source

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Hopefully they will start to come out and bloom now that all of those heavy and persistent rains have ended. Spring is normally a beautiful time of year. I agree!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      We have usually had wildflowers by the ton by this time most years, but for some reason there doesn't seem to be so many as usual. Everything is lush and green and overgrown due to all the rain, yet many trees and flowers don't seem to be blossoming as usual. We generally have flowers everywhere starting in March at the latest, and continuing all through June.

      Love your photos here. Spring is my favorite time in Texas just because it is so lush and green and the wildflowers are usually profuse.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      What a sweet memory you have of primroses! Thanks for the shares. Yes, Texas has beautiful wildflowers particularly in the spring and summer months.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Texas does have a profusion of beautiful wild flowers along the roads in the spring.

      Your first photo of the primrose brings back memories of when my late husband and I were just dating and he stopped his vehicle beside the road for just a couple of minutes while he got out and picked some of the primroses and brought them back to me.

      Pinned to my 'Pink II' board, voted up, BAUI, and will share.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello suny51,

      Thanks for taking a look at the pictures of wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Will take a look at yours!

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      10 years ago

      love to watch flowers,and great to follow you.

      i will also show my collection of flowers.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello World,

      Thanks for the compliment on these pictures of wildflowers. They are even prettier now than when I initially took the photos as far as more being in bloom.

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful hub...

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello callmefoxy,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing these pictures of the wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Viewed some spectacular fields of wildflowers out in the country yesterday. Will be sharing them in an upcoming hub. Thanks for the comment.

    • callmefoxxy profile image


      10 years ago

      Another lovely hub and great pics. Thanks for continuing to share with us.

      callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello D.A.L.,

      Yes, after winter, I think most of us look forward to the Spring and all that it brings forth with regard to wildflowers as well as other budding plants with all their fresh new unfurling of green leaves, etc. It is truly a time of rebirth. Thanks for taking a peek at this part of the world and specifically in our subdivision.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi katyzzz,

      So happy that you enjoyed these pictures of the wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Thanks for the nice comment.

    • D.A.L. profile image


      10 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Peggy w, what a fantastic visual hub which I enjoyed tremendously. The green belt area is a fantastic idea.Very uplifting after the dank winter.

    • katyzzz profile image


      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Such beautiful flowers and such lovely scenery. It's good for my soul, thanks Peggy

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I know...especially the red toned wildflowers; orange and of course yellow. Some of the others must be viewed up close to really enjoy their beauty. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some of those flowers are so vibrantly coloured. Terrific hub Peggy

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Eileen,

      That is so true that whether they be wildflowers or their more domesticated counterparts, they add much beauty to this world of ours. Glad you liked the pictures of the ones in our greenbelt area. Hoping to see more in the country-side soon. It is supposed to be a banner year for the bluebonnets due to all the rain this past year. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Beautiful pictures, There are so many beautiful flowers in this wonderful world of ours.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DjBryle,

      We really like our proximity to the greenbelt and all that it offers. So happy that you enjoyed these pictures of the wildflowers currently in bloom. Thanks!

    • DjBryle profile image


      10 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Wow! Thanks for sharing such a great hub and photography! Your place is so relaxing... =)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for the very complimentary comment.

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      10 years ago

      You are a great photographer. Thank you for taking the time to share the beauty of these hidden wildflowers.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Celesta,

      You are the first to respond. Glad that you enjoyed the pictures of wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Thanks for the glimpse and comment.

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful! I enjoyed the glimpse.


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