Monday, March 28, 2011

Blue bonnets ablaze...


It's not a great year for wildflowers in Central Texas. Our drought has affected this year's crop.

Roadways normally awash in a sea of beautiful bluebonnet blue are sadly green.

Some other wildflowers are popping up, but the bluebonnets are either absent or very small and scattered about in sporadic patches.

But in my backyard, there is water. A few early spring sprinklings gave my bluebonnets just enough to put on a spectacular show.

Well, spectacular for me. With a thick layer of mulch in most of my other beds, I haven't been able to get planted bluebonnets to reseed. But when I planted them and seeded them in the unmulched soil of the cutting garden, they rewarded me with a pretty palette of blue.

I'm missing them as I drive along the roads of Austin, but I'm so glad I can walk out back and enjoy a few of them this spring.

6 comments:

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Be still my heart - it's a fabulous pool of blue you've got there.

Cindy, MCOK said...

Those are lovely, Diana! I usually have more bluebonnets on my corner but they followed the statewide trend this year. My 5 year old neighbor Lily told her dad that the bluebonnet out front was lonely!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Sad to hear that the Bluebonnets are scarce this year. Yours are lovely. Bluebonnets always remind me of being pregnant with my oldest. :-)

Diana said...

MMD - Yeah - that blue really is something, especially when it's blanketing huge fields.

Cindy - Your neighbor is so right! It just doesn't seem the same without all the bluebonnets. We're supposed to get rain today, I hope it can help a little bit.

Janet - Spring in Texas is pretty awesome, and you have some fabulous memories to go along with it.

scottweberpdx said...

Stunning! Sorry the drought has so affected the wildlfowers, but at least you have the spectacle in miniature!

Diana said...

Scott-It had been nice to have the little patch of blue bonnets close up. I can barely see them on the highways this year, they are so faint.