Texas is just about to reach the peak of its wildflower blooming season and this is one of the best years we have experienced in quite a while. Following on one of the hottest and driest summers on records we were treated to an unusually cold, wet fall and winter. It was just what those flowers were waiting for. The land is ablaze with all manner of spring flowers. Wildflower Days, at the the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, continue through the month and this weekend's plant sale was the perfect opportunity for gardeners to move in the direction of growing more native plants.
The opening photograph, taken on my upper lot, is of lace cactus growing amid bluebonnets, four nerve daisies and wild onion. It will be a few weeks before they bloom.
This year they have very distinct top knots, which I have never seen before. I wonder what it means?
Corn poppies are growing in huge clumps. Now that the wind has subsided their delicate tissue paper-like petals can be appreciated in all their glory.
The first flower on the claret cup cactus ( new purchase yesterday) seen through zexmania with a soon to flower Manfreda sileri in the background.
As you can see the Prickleleaf Gilia, grows in limestone rubble, and we certainly have plenty of that. It grows in only one area alongside the retaining wall between the bathroom and English garden. I have never seen this at the Wildflower Center or anywhere else. Do you have this flower in your garden?
Blue Star, Amsonia ciliata suffered badly this year and the usual banks of blue flowers are reduced to just a few bloomers.
I have only one clump if chocolate daisy, growing between the stones in the sunken garden. It has never seeded any new plants. Under certain conditions its chocolate aroma fills the area. No substitute for chocolate, I assure you.