A weekend trip south to the farm in Iredell, Texas provided ample opportunities to take in the extraordinary crop of wildflowers. Our recent rains and warm weather have made them grow in abundance. If I were to choose a favorite wildflower it would be the Bluebonnet. Evidently most of Texas agrees, In 1901 it became the state flower. Texans are as proud of their state flower as they are of their boots and hats. Historians say that the Spanish priests gathered the native seed and planted them around their missions. The beautiful flower blankets most of central and south Texas. They can be found growing along the roads and in the fields.From personal observation I would say that the majority of children that grow up in Texas are posed for pictures,in a lush patch of Bluebonnets, at least once in their life. Frequently this is done along major highways and interstates. So, take a few minutes before the colors fade and venture out into the country and enjoy the colors and splendor. It is well worth what you have to pay for the fuel. For more history and growing tips visit the Aggie Horticulture website.
“Where flowers bloom so does hope.”
– Lady Bird Johnson, Public Roads: Where Flowers Bloom