Monday, April 20, 2015

Spring Wildflowers

April is a wonderful month for fresh wildflower blooms in Texas. These are some of the spring flowers we see.

Of course, our most famous are the Bluebonnets, a type of lupine.

Their coverage of our hay field is rather skimpy this year, I'm certain due to our hay being baled last spring before all the Bluebonnets had gone to seed. Still, they grow in patches here and there.
And line most of the driveway.
Looking towards the house

Looking towards the gate
Three or four pastures over, I can see a field of solid blue, so I know the weather conditions were good for them this year. Our field was just mowed a bit early.
A zoomed in cell phone shot, but you can certainly see the wash of Bluebonnets.
With fewer Bluebonnets, other wildflowers become more prevalent and more noticeable...

like the Golden Groundsel,


Prairie Fleabane,
a few Pink Evening-Primrose,

and Texas Stars.

We also get patches of Indian Paintbrush,
and Spiderwort.

Buttercups grow in the wetter areas,
and here and there a Texas Dandelion will show up.

I found a couple of new varieties we hadn't had before. One Crimson Clover clump came up in the front field,

and several spots of Bastard-Cabbage have shown up (as the name implies, it is an unwelcome invasive plant.)
This tiny little thing was along the driveway - maybe a type of Cutleaf Evening-Primrose.
And there's the Prairie Verbena I saved from the driveway (where it would have been mowed down) and put into a pot a few years ago. It comes back each spring, too.
That's more than enough for one post. :)

143 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Oh, wow, what a pretty post. So many gorgeous wildflowers.. I love the bluebonnets, paintbrush and well all of them..Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Madge Bloom said...

The Bluebonnets are gorgeous, a carpet of blue along the lane... my dad brought back Spiderwort from Nebraska and gave some to me, it died out a couple years ago, and I miss it in my garden.

Dianna said...

Seeing Texas wildflowers always makes me smile! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh Tex. your photographs are incredible, so clear and each one, total perfection! Your bluebonnets are beautiful along the roadside and out in the pastures! All of the flowers are just brilliant! You must love living out in the country and surrounded by such beauty!

Have a wonderful week~

Nancy

Kate said...

I love wildflowers and enjoy them all, but blue bonnets really have no rivals!

magnoliasntea said...

Oh, you live in wildflower heaven. What a pretty landscape. Loved this post!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Spring in Texas must be wonderful, with the fields of wildflowers! There are surprises, a feast for the visual sense.

Mildred said...

I love seeing these blooms. I love pink evening primrose, especially. Hope you and the doggies have a good day.

MarmePurl said...

I can never get enough of your Texas wildflowers.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Love, Love, LOVE bluebonnets!

Revrunner said...

Isn't spring wonderful?! :-)

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

I love these fields of blue bonnets and the Texas daisy.. such lovely wild flowers.
Some we have here.. but i never knew their names.
No palette can capture these magnificent colors of nature.
Your are, reminds me somewhat of here where I am.
nice post Tex.
Happy Monday
val x

Brk Trt said...

Lovely indeed....thanks.

KaHolly said...

The Tx wild flowers were in full bloom before I left! Miles and miles of Bluebonnets.,

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, What a lot of wildflower photos ... great shots sure give us the flavor. My favorites are Indian Paintbrush, and Bluebonnets. Hope you will share more of these flowers as time goes along.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love the wildflowers that grow in Texas. I have tried to grow a few but must confess they didn't do well in my gardens. I would love to see crimson clover in large patches! We do have fields of lupines north of here but not Texas Lupines. ;))

Cranberry Morning said...

Absolutely beautiful! A perfect Texas wildflower sampler!

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh those bluebonnets! They are so pretty. How wonderful to see all your spring flowers. The views of the driveway and fields are gorgeous. Have a great week!

Lynn said...

Lovin' the blue along the driveway! A very "welcome" sight:@)

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

Texas is so pretty. do the blue bonnets smell or have a scent? ( :

DJan said...

What a plethora of wildflowers! I think the bluebonnets are my favorites, with buttercups my least favorite, since I am always fighting to keep them out of my garden! :-)

Dicky Bird said...

Oh they all are so pretty! The yellow Texas Dandelion is especially.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awww...pretty. We have lots of the golden thingies...make our fields snap :)

Gayle said...

Didn't know bluebonnets were of the lupine family but now I see the similarity with our multi-colored lupines.
Great show of the driveway.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful flowers all of them! Lovely colours everywhere.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

You're surrounded by a wonderland of flowers! All of them are gorgeous, but I have to say the bluebonnets are my favorite. Those vistas of blue/purple are breathtaking. :-)

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Wooow, I REALLY enjoyed your gorgeous spring flowers☆☆☆ So happy you showed us close-up of bluebonnets, how pretty and yes, prevalent♪ The name 'Bastard-Cabbage' made me smiled, also wondered if it's a weed. But I remembered the words from our(botanist) Emperor, "there's no such thing called weed" -:)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

Rose said...

So beautiful, Theresa. I bet you miss the field being covered with Bluebonnets...still, the other flowers are wonderful to see. I don't know if it is because we don't have the Bluebonnets, or what, but I just simply love them.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Stunning wildflower and spring flowers, Tex!
The Bluebonnets are really gorgeous.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Those bluebonnets sure make your driveway festive, TWG.
~

joeh said...

You even make a dandelion look good...that is a good photographer.

don said...

A fine post of a wonderful variety of wild flowers. I like the field of blue the best, but the yellow look is strong too. I liked having your fingers in the one flower shot which helps us understand the flower's size.

Arija said...

Love the way you glory in your wildflower. I would too. Gorgeous carpets of blue and multi-colours and that red clover and Indian Paintbrush are both spectacular. Gorgeous!!!

ellen abbott said...

some excellent photos there. our bluebonnets are just about done and the new patch in the back is usually interspersed with dandelions. last year the indian paintbrush was awesome, huge fields of it. this year, not so much. love the crimson clover. don't see that much.

Anvilcloud said...

I like all of the different views. You are `working the scene`. I am going to do a post on this someday.

Kovács Miklós said...

Beautiful shots. My favourite is the 3rd one that was nice to see it.

Gail said...

We have almost all, one place or the other, but the bluebonnet has not shown its pretty face.

Great flowers and great shots.

Sandra said...

i love the ones that look like daisies, the white and yellow and the solid yellow and the paintbrush. if i had all this in my yard my kitchen table would have a big boquet in stead of the silk ones there.

Julia said...

I always look forward to your Spring Wild flowers show. They're so pretty.

Enjoy them .
Hugs,
JB

Kerri Farley said...

I LOVE your Wildflowers!!!!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

We always have Verbania, I think they attract butterfly's. A field of bluebonnets' is a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing your Spring, it's still pretty drab here.

carolann said...

Sure enjoyed your post of pictures. Everything is so Spring. You sure have a big lane and looks so inviting.


Thank you for sharing.

Wow leaps and bounds of Spring loveliness.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Texas certainly has the best wildflowers!

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely blooms. You have quite a variety of wildflowers on your property.

LV said...

Nature went all out in your area this time. I was going to take the bluebonnet drive to Ennis this past weekend, but my sister got sick that lives here. You are blessed to have so many wonderful God given things to share.

Mary Hone said...

I love all of those! And it's so interesting how the Indian paintbrush is different.

William Kendall said...

What gloriously colourful flowers!

Irma said...

I love the wild flowers.
Beautiful colors everywhere.

ladyfi said...

What wonderful splashes of colour!

Ileana said...

Beautiful!

Booth 555 said...

The view down the road is so charming! Love it and all of the wildflowers!
-Lisa

messymimi said...

The flowers make me smile, and i could use one this morning! Thank you.

Bob Bushell said...

Pretty Bluebonnets, love 'em. And another one, excellent.

nookworm said...

You can never show me enough of your wildflowers. Keep them coming.(big difference in dandelions we have here.) Great photos!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love all the flowers!! So colorful and bluebonnets have long been a favorite!!

Gwen said...

absolutely lovely! I love lupine, in particular. But the yellow flowers are gorgeous too. Thanks for brightening my Monday morning!

Sally said...

LOVE your wildflowers! So wish our backyard was full of them; maybe the grasshoppers would leave them alone. :)

xoxo

Stephen Hayes said...

Beautiful flowers, especially the bluebonnets. I love seeing fields of them.

Miss Val's Creations said...

The wild flowers are so pretty in Texas! I recognize some of them as ones we buy up in MA because they don't grow wild here. Great idea planting some in a planter to enjoy each year!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You have a pretty variety of wildflowers! We have that pesky purple stuff growing everywhere now and I can't think of the name at the moment. (hate when that happens!)

SweetMarie said...

that Texas Dandelion is so pretty! your fields are so colorful and beautiful! I think I have blue bonnets in my front yard. I'll have to take some pics and post them. :)

Nancy Chan said...

I like your blooming post, so full of pretty wildflowers. Every one of them has its unique beauty.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So many beautiful wildflowers -- heavenly!

Magia da Inês said...


Lindo, lindo, lindo!!!
Flores muito lindas mesmo!!!

Ótima semana!
Beijinhos.
♬♪ه° ·.

Candy C. said...

I always enjoy seeing your wildflowers, they are lovely! I actually recognized a couple that we have here too. :)

Karen S. said...

Wow these are incredible you know. I went in search of such beauty this weekend. Not a good find. Yet!

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Beautiful spring flowers.
I really like the meadow flowers.
Greetings.
Lucia

Susan said...

Don't ya wish they stayed all summer long. So pretty!

Barb said...

Ok, Theresa, I'm trying not to be jealous. I really enjoyed seeing all your wildflowers - you lucky gal. Smell those bluebonnets for me, will you?

Debbie said...

oooooo t, i've been waiting for this!! clip some of those babies and bring them inside, they would make a beautiful bouquet!!!!

and you watch survivor??? hehehe, me too, but i never tell anyone, i feel a lil ashamed!!! hehehehe!!!!!

Ms. A said...

I sure wish the bluebonnets lasted longer. Mine are going to seed.

Red said...

You have beautiful April flowers. However, I always wonder how that driveway can be so damn straight.?

Terry and Linda said...

AH!!!! Lovely Lovely Spring in Texas!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

Nancy J said...

We have lupins in our garden, but down south in Otago, growing wild, they have the deepest, gorgeous shades, pinks, mauves, purples and blues. What a beautiful display down your driveway.

Cloudia said...

I see Lady Bird in these fields of her inspiration.




ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Helma said...

Just beautiful!
It's wonderful to see all these beautiful fields of flowers and the colors are pleasing to the eye.

Country Gal said...

Oh soo pretty ! I love fields and ditches with wild flowers in . Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Gorgeous photos of the wildflowers, T! Did you see a scary ass bunny out there anywhere?LOL

Sharon Wagner said...

Look at all that green and color. Spring has definitely arrived in your neck of the woods.

Linda Kay said...

On the way south into San Antonio today, the roadsides were all yellow, white and orange. Not too many bluebonnets left, but lots of Indian Paintbrush and daisies.

Farm Girl said...

What a lovely bunch of wild flowers. I love that you know their names. Glad to know about that Bastard cabbage. It came in from potted plants. Now it has spread everywhere.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Teresa .. so lovely to see these photos - and to actually see their name too .. gorgeous .. cheers Hilary

Pantherka said...

Gorgeous spring flowers.

Midmarsh John said...

A lovely selection of wild flowers all the better for being in their natural surroundings.

Melissa said...

Just beautiful! I can't even tell you how jealous I am!

The Rusty Thimble said...

Beautiful

DIMI said...

Wow!!So many beatiful Spring wildflowers,Tex!Gorgeous pictures!Like the fields with those blue flowers!
Dimi...

It's me said...

BEautiful spring flowers.....lovely week love Ria....x!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Yes, spring is a great time for flowers to show. Lovely photos.


peter

Tinna Sjoeberg said...

You live in such a beautiful place! Wherever you look, you look at beautiful wild flowers! Love it! :))
Have a fine day

Tinna ✐

Findlay Wilde said...

Those meadows are fantastic. Do you get loads of butterflies and other insects. Do you get dragonflies?

Giga said...

I love meadow flowers. Beautiful flowers grow on them. Regards.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

These make my heart happy!

RedPat said...

I love that blue!

Pom Pom said...

Gorgeous! Seeing all of your growth makes my nose itch, but I think it would be worth it to gaze on all of that wild beauty!

Our photos said...

Owww, I love this ! Wonderful !

Tammie Lee said...

so very beautiful!!!

ThreeOldKeys said...

"everything's better with blue bonnet on it."

beautiful wildflowers, all of them.

Paula said...

Our Bluebonnets have " done their do" and the Paintbrushes are going backward but there are lots of others. Your pictures are very pretty.

Stephanie Faris said...

See? I've always thought I was the only one who thought wildflowers shouldn't be killed off. They should be encouraged to grow!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for taking a closer shot of the Blue Bonnets. I have only seen them in fields in people's photos. It is a gorgeous shade of blue. Gorgeous images!

Ruth Hiebert said...

The flower filled meadows and lanes are spectacular.

Gail Dixon said...

Besides my sons, I miss the Bluebonnets of Texas. So lovely how they line your driveway and provide an explosion of color here and there in the fields. The Crimson clover are particularly pretty. Shoot, all of them are!

Robin Lamb said...

T, what a wonderful spread of wildflowers you have! No missing spring around your place!

KB Bear said...

I think your Bluebonnets of my faves of them all. What beauty!

Randy said...

I love wildflowers.

Pallavi Puri said...

Such pretty vibrant flowers dear Theresa. They add so much of color to the landscape :)

Justin Carfagnini said...

Beautiful flowers and field! Oh how I've missed green grass.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh my those are gorgeous wild flowers. Can never get enough looking at them.Blessings Francine.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, I do miss the Bluebonnets and the Evening Primrose. We even had wild Primrose in Southern California where I used to live. Lovely pictures of your flowers. Have a tremendous Tuesday!

Rita said...

Oh, wow! I have always loved wildflowers and this is a cornucopia!! Love it! :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Spring is wonderful in your area and I love the blue wash of those incredible Blue Bonnets!
Hugs,
Mariette

Paul said...

Really nice collection of wildflowers, thank goodness winter is behind us now!

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Fantastic flowers and landscapes!

Handmade in Israel said...

Wow! Such pretty flowers! The Texas Dandelion is startling! We have a hill not far from where I live which gets covered with Lupins every year - just on the top of the hill and nowhere else. It's amazing: http://goo.gl/oyKcEr

Susan (ABON) said...

The bluebonnets are gorgeous and there's no lack of them along your driveway. I love wildflowers- sometimes wish we didn't have to mow our lawn.

Ratty said...

It's good to see the wildflowers. We don't have much around here. It depends on the year, but some years I see almost none.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Meadow flowers is so beautiful! Is that what you call Blue Bonnets a Lupin? It looks very much alike what we have here too :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh! How very pretty! So many and so beautiful, all of them! Seeing the fields of bluebonnet is such a thrill. I hope I get to see them for real someday! xo K

Lukasz W said...

Nice shots!

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Thank You for this post! Lupine I have in my garden but they have just start to come up.

Al this flowers makes a harmony to see.

Trollstubben foto said...

Beautiful flowers and pictures.
A wonderful time.
Hugs from Karin

Made by KKann said...

Beautiful colours - spring is wonderful.

Mary Cromer said...

Stunning, absolutely stunning, love those gorgeous flowers and things are showing here, but we have had such a rush of rain showers, hard to get out and enjoy so easily~

Janey and Co. said...

Oh glorious Spring in Texas. Love it! Beautiful shots!

Kathy said...

Nice bonnet shots. I was in Ennis yesterday and, wow, was it ever beautiful. Unfortunately I was very disappointed in my photos. Maybe a few will improve with some processing. My eyesight is getting bad so I have trouble focusing the camera in landscape shots. I need to stick to the larger, closer objects! I'm still happy I made the trip.

DeniseinVA said...

Those are beautiful Texas wildflowers. Great shots!

Georgette Sullins said...

Thank you for identifying so many.

Lynne said...

Oh my Theresa . . . such lovely spring flowers. The fields of Blue Bonnets are so pretty . . . how cheerful it must be to see so many things in bloom, (even the bastard cabbage is pretty.) Invasive in certain plants is not a good thing though! The flower differences in different parts of the country/world are fun to see! Thanks for the cheer!

Mari said...

I love wildflowers, whenever I see a large amount of them in a field, it make me want to run around, jump and sing..."the hills are alive..." :)

That bastard cabbage speel its name out eh, haven't heard of it before. Soon we'll visit our summerhouse I'll ask if we have such a grass.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Theresa the wildflowers are gorgeous this season. Love all your shots and the names for each. Our BlueBonnets here are doing beautiful with just the right amount of rain this year.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful wildflower post.
Hugs, CM

pattisjarrett said...

Who knew all these beauties were competing with the Bluebonnets. They create a nice look along the driveway.

barbara l. hale said...

They're all beautiful, but the Indian Paintbrush and the BlueBonnet...wow, oh, wow!

Debby Ray said...

Nothing thrills my soul like wildflowers! Before I die I want to stand in a field of those lovely bluebonnets!!

Betty Manousos said...

oh my, love the bluebonnets! and texas spring!
lovely images of your wildflowers, theresa.

xoxo

Betty Manousos said...

oh my, love the bluebonnets! and texas spring!
lovely images of your wildflowers, theresa.

xoxo

Bethany Carson said...

Love the flowers! The Bluebonnets are beautiful. They remind me of the song "Texas, USA" sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers.

If you like wide open spaces, let me tell you where the place is, head out for Texas, USA. If you like blue bonnets bloomin' and a place where there's some room in, head out for Texas, USA...

Quynh Le said...

Love that driveway!

Linda said...

Lovely! I am thrilled that it's spring.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow --so many beautiful wildflowers in bloom in your area. We had snow last week, so most wildflowers have not bloomed as yet with the exception of some marsh poppies and tiny star lilies.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVE me some Texas wildflowers!! =)

edenhills said...

Beautiful! I love all those wonderful colors in your pasture. Mine is pretty solid green.

Margie said...

Ooooo, ahhhh, spring has sprung. Still at bay here.

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