April 16, 2021
I saved listening to that bluebonnets had been a little bit of a no-show in Central Texas this yr because of a dry fall and winter, not due to the February freeze. Buddies who’d gone west into the Hill Nation in search of denim-blue fields got here again upset, and my very own tour south of San Antonio in early April turned up extra yellow, pinks, and whites than our well-known blues.
Then I heard Washington County, east of Austin, was placing on an excellent bluebonnet present. My mother and I took off on a second wildflower safari on Tuesday, cruising the again roads round Spherical High and Brenham. Immediately we discovered a number of good fields of blue. Hooray, my spring ritual is full!
Listed below are my favourite pictures from a pleasing day of flower peeping. Skies had been sullen, and it was sticky and heat, however bluebonnets elevate your spirit regardless of the climate.
Pink night primrose performs hide-and-seek with a cluster of bluebonnets amid tall grasses.
Slightly wider for context
What’s a Texas scene and not using a longhorn?
“This previous home right here by the highway“
Alongside one quiet lane it was simply us and some cows lounging within the bluebonnets.
Hi there there
Brings to thoughts reminiscences of odalisque work in artwork historical past class.
There have been just a few candy calves too, simply as placid as their mamas.
I observe a spot known as Rancho Pillow on Instagram, and I made a decision to do a drive-by.
A discipline of orangey purple Indian paintbrush echoed the orange trim of dark-wood buildings.
An ideal match!
Rancho Pillow is a 20-acre rentable compound that hosts occasions like Feasts within the Subject. In the future I’d like to attend.
The tiny hamlet of Spherical High, well-known for its twice-a-year antiques market, is a ghost city on a Tuesday. The charming outlets and eating places within the city sq. are solely open Wednesday by means of Sunday. However we stopped anyway to stretch our legs and admire a large roadrunner sculpture.
The place is so adorably rustic and arrange for a celebration that I instantly was kicking myself for by no means having spent a lot time in Spherical High earlier than. An omission I have to rectify post-covid.
An previous motel signal and bench on the market at an antiques store
Even the motel is a log cabin.
Mmm, a pie store
Eat. Pie. Love. Or Eat pie. Love?
Pi will get math lovers concerned.
Again on the bluebonnet hunt
From Spherical High we drove the again roads to Brenham, about an hour and a half east of Austin, and noticed this pretty discipline of bluebonnets in entrance of a white farmhouse.
What a reasonably front-yard view.
Bluebonnets abounded in electric-green fields.
The Vintage Rose Emporium
You possibly can’t finish a visit to Brenham with out stopping at The Vintage Rose Emporium. The nursery was stocked with dozens and dozens of roses and an excellent mixture of annuals and perennials, and we did somewhat plant buying, after all. However I used to be actually there for the show gardens, the place pink poppies had been stealing the present.
The kids’s backyard all the time makes me smile.
Like each different backyard in Texas, they’d sustained some injury from the February freeze, however principally it was lush and inexperienced, roses had been blooming — and cannas, as seen above — and annual flowers had been unfazed.
I adopted the yellow brick highway underneath a aromatic wisteria arbor.
Toto, I’ve a sense we’re not in Kansas anymore.
On the highway once more
After that it was time to go house. I’m grateful for 2 alternatives to see Texas wildflowers this yr. There’s nonetheless time to see bluebonnets should you go this weekend and ramble the again roads of Washington County.
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