Sunday, February 10, 2008

They're Baaaaaaaaack!

Oh my. Oh my my. This is the first bluebonnet of Spring. I'm sure it must be one of the first in Central Texas because it is MUCH too early! I can't say that it's mine, though. I noticed it yesterday while walking the stupiddogs in our neighborhood. (That's my new name for my mutts who are causing me unbelieveable grief!

My neighbors have this small clump of blue bonnet leaves -- probably a foot square -- that's been as green and happy as it can be for a month now. Their whole front area by the street is usually a field of bluebonnets in March or April, but this is the first little clump to appear.
And I can't for the life of me get the name of these daisies off my tongue -- are they nerve daisies? Anyone know? I think that's what they are, but we have so many daisy wildflowers that I can't always keep up with them. Wildflowers. On February 10. wow. Not much else to say but that. Enjoy.

10 comments:

jodi said...

Woo hoo! We don't have bluebonnets, but we have lupins, their relatives...delicious...you must be over the moon to have wildflowers in February. I have SNOW!

Diana said...

Jodi - I'm sorry you have snow, but when the Spring does arrive, you can have amazing things like Peonies and other great plants we simply can't keep alive here because they MELT in the oven that is Texas in August and September. I empathize with you. I'll just keep posting these little tidbits for you to enjoy until you have your own!

Pam/Digging said...

That is certainly an early-bird bluebonnet. I've never seen one this early.

The yellow flower does look like four-nerve daisy, or hymenoxys, which I too posted about recently. Mine blooms all winter---and summer, for that matter. A great little flower.

Diana said...

Pam - thanks for the daisy ID. I planted blackfoot daisies all over last year and love them. I'll have to add more of the four-nerve -- I have a few with green leaves but no blooms yet.

Layanee said...

Blue and yellow blooming together! It doesn't get any better than that!

Diana said...

I know - I love those bright contrasts! And it's not always easy to get blue in the garden. One of my very favorites is Indigo Spires Salvia, and I'm happy to report mine has some leaves coming in down at the ground.

kate said...

I was just going to say that I saw these yellow flowers on Pam's blog. They are so cheerful that they stood out.

The Bluebonnets are such an intense colour of blue and fun to see when we're freezing here.

Diana said...

Kate -- you're very perceptive. To remember them from Pam's blog ... I'm afraid my memory's just not that good! The bluebonnets are amazing when they are all in bloom in late March or April -- we'll post a BUNCH of them then!

Lori said...

I'm envying everyone with bluebonnet pictures. I must have thrown at least 12 packets of bluebonnet seed into my flowerbeds and back lawn, and I haven't seen a single sprout. Maybe if we get a good rain?

*crosses fingers*

Diana said...

Well, just because I posted my neighbor's picture, Lori, doesn't mean I have any, either! I've planted seeds and even some plants one year with no luck. I'm going to try plants again this year when they're available...You cross your fingers for me and I'll cross mine for you! LOL