Saturday, March 29, 2008

Spring Rains and Bluebonnets

A thunderstorm passed through last night and appears to have dropped some much needed rain. It seems to have triggered my bluebonnets into finally blooming. I only have five lonely bluebonnets this year. Last year I had 30 or so. They came up all over my lawn and I would not let my significant other mow the front lawn until they had all finished blooming! Every day it was 'can I mow the lawn now? - No.' 'can I mow the lawn now?' - No. 'can I mow the lawn...' - NO, no, aaannd no. Our grass was quite tall when it finally got trimmed up! I wanted all those to set seed. But this past fall our rains were few and far between and even though all those seeds were dropped, I only have 5 bluebonnets to show for it. I don't do any supplemental watering. If I had, I am sure there would have been plenty more flowers, but I prefer to just let nature take its course. So, this year is a bit sparse on the Bluebonnets.

This fall, I will plant more seeds and I will be adding some Indian Paintbrush seeds as well. I just love that orange-blue combination the Paintbrush and Bluebonnets have together. No artist paints a picture as pretty as nature does!

A few of the Bluebonnets:



A much closer look:



Oh! And everyone please take note that today is "Earth Hour' day. Turn out your lights at 8:00pm local time to bring attention to Global Warming.

http://www.earthhourus.org/

8 comments:

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

I saw our first blooms yesterday. We are in North Texas.

Nancy J. Bond said...

Delightful little plants. :)

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Lee17,
There were 4 bluebonnet seedlings in the spiraea bed this year which is 4 times as many as last year's single plant. That bed gets occasional watering. But only one is in bloom so far. I'd let the grass grow too ;-]

Indian Paintbrush is so beautiful up close!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lori said...

I scattered many packets of bluebonnet seeds on my lawn last fall, and haven't seen a single bluebonnet. But I didn't water, either. Hopefully we'll both have better luck next year.

At least the bluebonnets and other wildflowers have started blooming along south Mopac, so I can still enjoy them even if it's not in my own backyard.

Lee17 said...

aunt debbie,

Yay for the blooms! I love spring.

Lee17 said...

Nancy,

The bluebonnet blooms are wonderful! Lupine are one of my favorite flowers...I live for the springtime when they bloom ;)

Lee17 said...

Annie,

Absolutely. Let the grass grow is my motto!

Lee17 said...

Lori,

Yes, my drive to work is so much more enjoyable with all the wildflowers in bloom (keep my eyes on the road, eyes on the road...)