Sunday, May 4, 2014

Texas Blue Bonnets

Did you know bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and at no other location in the world?
The bluebonnet was designated the official state flower of Texas in 1901.
Shortly after the Texas Highway Department was organized in 1917, officials noted that wildflowers were among the first vegetation to reappear at roadside cuts and fills. In 1932, the department hired Jack Gubbels, its first landscape architect, to maintain, preserve and encourage wildflowers and other native plants along rights of way. By 1934, department rules delayed all mowing, unless essential for safety, until spring and early summer wildflower seasons were over. This practice has stayed in place for more than 60 years and has expanded into today's full-scale vegetation management system.” TxDOT buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year.
http://keranews.org/post/15-amazing-things-you-should-know-about-texas-bluebonnets

Phil took me out one Sunday to Chappell Hill TX to see the Blue Bonnets and the Indian  Paintbrush. This is the same area that Debra and I went last year for the Blue Bonnet Festival.

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The Indian Paintbrush is beautiful also.

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Books I've been reading

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