Once again the area in front of our house is awash with our state flower, the Texas bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis.
This year, with a little of my help, they are even spreading down the road and onto the empty lot next door to us.
Native plants love a lean soil and they do not do well in competition with grasses. I see a patch of annual rye grass out front that needs dealing with before it sets seed, so that bluebonnets can grow there next year.
Bluebonnets love to grow in decomposed granite so down the side wall that surrounds our front. It's not easy to pick your way round to the side gate. They have even covered the rocks on the left side.
Behind that wall it suits me just to have one two blooming among the other native spring wildflowers.
I am a little more forgiving in the English garden where large expanses of gravel quickly fill with bluebonnets.
And there is always room for just one in the sunken garden. One plant can easily cover 3'
And I don't mind doing the odd high jump to get to the vegetable beds.
But soon the time will come when the bluebonnets go to seed and we must wait for the seeds ripen before they are removed.
I don't need to go traveling to enjoy this bonanza of bluebonnets.....but I probably will. Next week will be the perfect time to take a little road trip to see roadsides of our other spring native flowers.
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