Spring is special in this part of Texas. As winter abates, the spring's crisp morning air brings the sounds of birds chirping and a renewal of life to the central Texas landscape. And dotting that landscape quite often are an array of beautiful wildflowers. Scarlet red or orange Indian Paintbrush, the pink evening primrose, the gold and red interwoven look of the Indian Blanket, the Mexican Hat, and of course the iconic Texas Bluebonnet.
And though it is true a variety wildflowers are abundant throughout the area, the focus here will be the elusive Texas Bluebonnet.
I say "elusive" because bluebonnets may bloom in a place one year, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be in full bloom in that location next year. There are several determining factors. What if there was a hard freeze after the blooming process has begun? Was it a dry, cold winter? Or maybe someone mowed the area before they fully matured and dropped seeds for the following year.
If you travel north on I-35 you come to the town of Ennis, home of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails in April.
South of here is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. This is a great place to take the family and do a little I-35 Road Trippin'. Check out their predictions on the 2017 Wildflower Forecast
And though it's off the interstate, head east to Washington county, home of Independence, Texas, and the Old Baylor School & Park. Year after year, this is a great place for bluebonnet sighting.
To get familiar with the varieties of wildflower the Texas landscape has to offer, when they bloom best, and best locations to see them, check out this article on the top 30 wildflowers in the state.
And if you want to make sure you see your favorite wildflowers year after year, plant some in your own yard. Seeds are available for the do-it-yourselfer from a variety of local lawn & garden stores as well as through the internet.
If you snap some shots of wildflowers this season that you're especially proud of and would like to share, send us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org with location information and we'll share it with our readers on our social media.