Monday Walk: Texas Countryside
When Texas wildflowers stretching from roadsides to the sides of highways, it transforms the landscape, literally. Almost everyone is out in a field to snap the breathtaking scene. There are several wildflower websites providing daily reports of where the best sightings are.
Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson advocated wildflower landscapes, “because it can help us save water, wildflowers can save time and maintenance money.” She said. 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. Today, we can enjoy acres of acres of wildflowers in many parts of Texas.
In 1993, Mrs. Johnson was legally blind; she lost her joy of seeing wildflowers. In 2002, she had a stroke and could no longer speak. On July 11th, 2007, Mrs. Johnson passed away. She was 94 years old.
One of the wildflower viewing rules is “Don’t trample or pick the wildflowers.” These wildflowers are annuals, meaning they need to produce seed to come back in following years.
Mrs. Johnson, as the First Lady, began her campaign to beautify America. The Highway Beautification Act became a law in 1965. She wanted the America we see from highways is a beautiful America.
Mrs. Johnson was the first one in history who made a solo railroad electioneering tour for her husband. During her railroad trip, she was threatened by bombs because she was championing for the justice for the poor and advancing Civil Rights. She continued. “Mrs. Johnson traveled through eight Southern states in her own train to promote the Civil Rights Act, at one point giving 45 speeches over five days.” ~ Wikipedia
Thank you, Mrs. Johnson.