April 13, 2014

Where flowers bloom, so does hope

I am too young to have anything other than a jaundiced historical view of the Johnson presidency.  I do, however, love me a Texas roadside in the spring, and I have to give credit where due, and give thanks to Ladybird Johnson.

Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush decorated miles of highway shoulder on this weekend's travels.  New England may have the market cornered on fall color, but nothing compares to Central Texas in the spring.  Sure, there are other wildflowers, but nothing is quite as breathtaking as the purplish-blue hue of our state flower. 

Except, maybe, that certain hybrid developed by a certain Texas university, that has been popping up in the unlikeliest of places...




2 comments:

CenTexTim said...

I was okay with the maroon carrots, but messing with bluebonnets is sacrilege, regardless of where they plant them.

There's a reason they're called BLUEbonnets...

Harper said...

To be fair, the maroon-bonnets were a naturally occurring color variant, it just took an Aggie to isolate and replicate the hue.