Monday, April 7, 2008

Wild About Texas

While we were out in the RV this weekend, we took in some of the lovely Texas wildflowers that are in bloom right now. It was recently brought to my attention that there is a very deprived and therefore sad segment of this great country that doesn't experience wildflowers. We in Texas are blessed with a diverse palette of beautiful colors and shapes of flowers lining the highways and roads all over the state. They are everywhere thanks in no small part to the lovely Lady Bird Johnson. Here is a sampling of what we saw.

I grew up calling these buttercups, but they are really called Evening Primroses.

I don't know what these yellow flowers are, but there were fields of them.

The orange flowers that you see sprinkled in with the yellow are Indian Paintbrushes. There weren't very many of them this year, but they were out there.

And of course, there were our favorite Texas Bluebonnets.

Some patches were small, some were big, some were huge, all were just glorious. See what I mean!


Michelle Potter said...

Aw, I saw those yellow flowers along I-10 and didn't know what they were, so of course my first thought was, "I'll ask Julie!" ;)

Interesting to find out that those "buttercups" are really Evening Primroses. I'd heard that name before, but didn't know I knew the flower!

Sometime this week I'm going to Terry Hershey Park, which I heard has lots of bluebonnets. (I can't afford the gas to drive up to Brenham, which is too bad since my grandparents live there.) Hopefully I'll get some great photos!

Julie said...

I can't wait to see them. The best field we saw was next to a La Quinta in Brenham. Really.

Jubilee on Earth said...

Beautiful!!!! We're still in the 40s here in Michigan, so not even buds on the trees or green grass for us. BUT, the daffodil stalks are poking out of the ground. That's a start!

Gorgeous pics...