Wildflower fiesta at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

May 11, 2020

Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and other early wildflowers bloomed in solitude this spring at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which closed in mid-March due to the pandemic and Austin’s shelter-in-place order. Happily, the gardens reopened last weekend to members, who must reserve in advance a specific arrival time on the website. I grabbed a Saturday morning time slot, got my mask and camera ready, and arrived bright and early on reopening day.

Oh, how I’d missed this place! The late spring wildflowers like purple coneflower, firewheel, and thistle look glorious. So I’m going to let the flowers do the talking in this post. Enjoy!

Purple coneflower and a limestone and glass sculpture
Paleleaf yucca
Trumpet creeper
Purple coneflower
Giant coneflower
Spineless prickly pear and nolina
Confetti meadow
Standing cypress
American basket flower
Firewheel and thistle meadow
Giant hesperaloe in bloom with agave and yucca
Manfreda bloom spikes
Cardinal in flight
Pale purple coneflower
Firewheel meadow with agave and yucca
Firewheel with prickly pear and yucca
Thistle and firewheel
Grassy savanna
Firewheel meadow
Brown-eyed Susan
Purple coneflower

I’ll end with the entry kiosk and its wildflowery green roof, and a masked visitor as a sign of the times.

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