Jo’s Monday Walk: Texas Bluebonnets And Wildflowers
Ahhh… our state flower is in full bloom!
When bluebonnet stretching from roadsides to the sides of highways, it transforms the landscape into a blue sea, literally. And, almost everyone is out in a field to snap the breathtaking scene. Several wildflower and bluebonnet websites give us daily reports of where the best sightings are, and people volunteer to compile their wildflower observations.
“Wildflower landscapes can help us save water, wildflowers can save time and maintenance money.” Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson advocated. On December 22, 1982, her 70 years old birthday, Mrs. Johnson and Helen Hayes established a National Wild Flower Research Center to preserve the diminishing wild flowers and native plants. She also donated 60 acres of land and a lump sum of money for research. Now, we are enjoying the result of her vision.
The bluebonnet was designated the official state flower of Texas in 1901. Jack Maguire, historian, wrote, “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.” W. Lee O’Daniel goes, “… bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know.”
Happy Monday 🙂