Friday, April 15, 2016

Bluebonnets - A Texas Tradition

Each Spring in Texas, green fields turn into a sea of beautiful blue. Our state flower, the Bluebonnet, can be found everywhere. I don't know if other states cherish their state flower as much as Texans do, but if you've lived in Texas then you've probably had your photo taken in a field of the blue wildflowers. It's not unusual to see parked cars on the side of the road while families go take pictures in the fields.


The Bluebonnet was named the Texas state flower over a century ago in 1901. In the 1930s, the Highway Department started a landscaping and beautification program and Bluebonnets now grow along the major highways of Texas.


Across the street from my house, there is a big field full of them. I realized that I've never taken Shiner's picture in the bluebonnets before so we went for a little walk.

The Bluebonnets that bloom around where I live are usually accompanied by Indian Paintbrush wildflowers. They look a little similar to Bluebonnets, but they are red. You can see some of them in the background of Shiner's pictures.


And of course, there are several other types of wildflowers blooming alongside them too. I don't know all of their names, but it sure does make Spring more pleasant!

Have you ever had your picture taken in a field of Bluebonnets? If you ever visit Texas in the Spring, make sure you add it to your to-do list!

16 comments:

  1. it's on my bucket list :o) I love your photos... and I think you are the most beautiful girl between all that wonderful flowers :o)

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  2. I just love seeing the bluebonnets! A couple of other bloggers who live in Texas shared them too, they are so pretty. Whitley's Mom posted a red flower that was a "wine cup" or something? It was so pretty! DakotasDen

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  3. They are beautiful. I think out state flower is the dandelion as they will cover all the grass soon but are not real pretty! Seriously, our state flower in the ladies slipper which we rarely ever see. Enjoy your beautiful fields.

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  4. Those flowers are beautiful ! Purrs

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  5. shiner....ewe look total lee awesum in de feeld oh blue bonnetz !!! de flowerz R reel lee kewl

    de state flower heer iz de peony; they look grate when they bloom but boy oh boy due ants love em !!!!!

    heerz two a tiger shovelnose catfish kinda week oh end ♥♥♥

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  6. We wish we had bluebonnets here. They're so pretty!

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  7. Mommy bein' from Texas really enjoyed this posty and seein' da bluebonnets. And Shiner be lookin' good too. Fanks.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi

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  8. WOW, that is a whole bunch of Blue Bonnets. They are very pretty and it must be nice to drive along the road and see fields of them. The state flower for Wisconsin is the Viola sororia. They grow everywhere, but one doesn't usually see fields of them. They are a plant that grows close the ground with a smaller violet flower.

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  9. oooh YES! Our mom lived on 15 acres of that stuff between G'town & Round Rock. Bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blankets and those pink primroses (and the Verbena). She died laughing when the garden centers up here began selling primrose & verbena as plants for your garden. They're wildflowers to her!!

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  10. Can you believe I have never ever been in Texas? I want to, but haven't yet. Thanks to you - I shall make sure I go during the Spring!

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  11. What gorgeous pics. I've never been to Texas but these photos are beautiful. The last pic just makes me smile haha :) -- Amanda

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  12. How beautiful! We love the pictures of Shiner in those fields of bluebonnets. :)

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  13. Mom says thanks for the bluebonnets! It was one of her favorite things living in Texas driving out to see them, but picture taking wasn't done then like it is now. Great pictures! Love Dolly

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  14. They are so beautiful! We have the Paintbrushes around here too, and they've always been one of my favorites.

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  15. I have never ever been in Texas!! these photos are beautiful.

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  16. They are beautiful. I think out state flower is the dandelion as they will cover all the grass soon but are not real pretty! Seriously, our state flower in the ladies slipper which we rarely ever see. Enjoy your beautiful fields.

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