Grapey gorgeous Texas mountain laurel

March 13, 2020

Who poured out a gallon of grape Kool-Aid around here? Central Texans recognize that sweet grape scent as the smell of springtime. It came a few weeks early this year, as the Texas mountain laurels (Sophora secundiflora) took advantage of a mild winter to explode into wisteria-like bloom in late February.

Plenty are still in bloom, like this beauty at Hill Country Water Gardens & Nursery, although those in full sun are past peak and fading fast. In my own shady garden, the blossoms, while fewer, are just beginning.

I can’t pass one of these native Texas trees in bloom without leaning in for a deep sniff. Ahh, the smell of spring!

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