Today, I want to introduce you to one of Texas’ greatest treasures – the Bluebonnet.
To quote Texan Historian Jack Maguire, “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.” The annual resurgence of this bloom sparks for many Texas families, a pilgrimage to their favorite bluebonnet spot to take family photos. You may notice cars pulled over on the sides of roads for no reason, other than to take it in beautiful fields full of the charming blossom.
There are loosely identified bluebonnet “trails” not far from The Woodlands. Bluebonnets bloom all over the state, so there really isn’t a defined “trail”, though some communities promote annual events celebrating wildflowers with suggested driving routes. US 290 is a prime corridor for the official state wildflower. You can find out more information by visiting the following sites.
- And for info on most recent sightings, go to www.lone-star.net/wildflowers/sightings.htm
- Texas Department of Transportation has a hotline for up-to-date reports on wildflowers throughout the state: Toll free (800) 452-9292
If you are not up for a road trip, you can find a bluebonnet meadow at Rob Fleming Park. Details on the park can be found at www.woodlandsevents.com/parks/creekside-park/rob-fleming-park.
In conducting my research, I also found information on how to get some great pictures, especially if you are going with younger children. And our family is all about the “fail” lately, so I thought I would include a few of those sites too!
Each April 24, Texas celebrates State Wildflower Day, and many cities have pageants, parades, and other celebrations. A partial listing of cities includes Mason, Chappell Hill, Keney, Glen Rose, Ennis, and Hughes Springs. The best way to learn what is scheduled is to contact the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739, (512) 292-4100.
We would love for you to share your family photos with us! You can email them or connect with us on social media. Find us on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn. Look for a fun contest coming up in April where you can win a great cash prize!
Happy bluebonnet hunting!