Thursday, March 31, 2016
It's wildflower season in Texas. People here talk about the wildflowers with reverence. Texas winters are primarily gray. We get just enough cold for the leaves to fall and the grass to die, but not enough for any snow. And though we do get a few beautiful sunny days in a typical January to make up for it, most of winter is monotonous.
And then one day you wake up to find color has come back. The flowers come first--evening primroses, dandelions, black eyed susans, indian paintbrushes, and, of course, our beloved bluebonnets. Bluebonnets are the stars of spring in Texas (although I've always loved the paintbrushes with equal fervor). Every Texan you've ever met has likely taken pictures in a field of bluebonnets. Really. Ask them.
Spring in Texas looks like a child's drawing with grass the colored in the wrong crayon. In good years, blue and orange cover fields like blankets. If you've never seen a bluebonnet field, you should plan a trip to Texas in the spring. Truly, there are no flowers more beautiful than the ones you will see in Texas.