I hope you all are taking advantage of seeing the bumper crop of Texas wildflowers this year. I kept reading that this would be a great year for them because of all the rain we received in the fall.
From the roadsides on the highways to the fields and front lawns all over our county and beyond – I can’t remember when I’ve seen so many beautiful flowers.
Among my favorites is, of course, our State Flower, the Bluebonnet (lupinus texensis). Did you know that there are six species identified in our great State of Texas and they are all considered our State Flower?
My next favorite are the salmon colored Indian paintbrush, followed closely by Indian blankets. In fact, my home screen on my iPhone is a photo I took years ago of a single Indian blanket flower near Cora Lamar’s fields of strawberries and other deliciousness outside of Poteet.
When the pink phlox (real name Drummond pholx) bloomed so early, I hoped that the near freeze that followed would be kind to our other flowers. It was and the flowers seem even more vibrant than usual.
I was in Austin last weekend and my daughter and son-in-law and I drove out to the Lakeway area. Beautiful drive, but the LCRA park we visited had no flowers. The gatekeepers told us that the flood ruined them for this year. I guess you can have too much rain in Texas.
The way I see it, if you haven’t been on a Sunday drive in awhile, you need to load up and do it soon. You won’t have to drive far to see some beauties. Many front yards are full of them and it is a short drive down Crain (aka Crane) Road off north Hwy. 281 in Pleasanton. Also, if you are having a hard time identifying them, visit this Texas Highways website
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.