Wildflowers

With our mild winter and plentiful rain, the wildflowers are beautiful this year.  If you happen to be in central Texas this week, take a drive through the hill country.  The colors are amazing.

Bluebonnets and paintbrushes, Texas Hill Country by Lake Buchanan

Bluebonnets and paintbrushes in the Texas Hill Country by Lake Buchanan

Roadside wildflowers

Roadside wildflowers

White and Bluebonnets

White and Bluebonnets

 

White bonnet close up

White bonnet close up

Closeup of paintbrush

Closeup of Texas Paintbrush – Castilleja indivisa

 

purple phlox

purple phlox

 

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Texas Baby Blue Eyes Nemophila phacelioides

Colors of Spring

The rain this winter has made everything happy this spring.  All around us the trees are green, the flowers are bright and colorful and we are seeing more birds visiting the feeders than last year.

Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets along driveway

Dark Blue Bluebonnet

Lithospermum incisum, known as Fringed Puccoon.

Yellow flowers 1

Wild Onion

wild onion bloom

 Erodium texanum, also known as Texas Filaree, Texas Stork’s Bill, or Heronbill (Front)

purple prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) (back left)

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Dewberry

Dewberry blooms

Wild Honeysuckle (Growing high up in an Oak tree)

Wild Honeysuckle in tree top 2

Wild Honeysuckle in tree top

Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)

Flowering tree 1

Flowering tree close up of flowers

Flowering tree Closeup of bark

I had not noticed this tree until we did some clearing this past summer.  After reading about it, I am glad we left it.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PRSE2

Cardinal

Back of cardinal on kitty feeder

cardinal with mouth open on feeder

Spring color and relaxing walks

The nights are still cool but the days are getting warmer.  Flowers are starting to bloom in earnest and with the wonderful rain we have had in recent months, the Redbud trees are looking especially cheerful this year.  Below are some photos from walks around the area this week.

Redbud Blossoms

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The first of many bluebonnets in our yard.

Trouble Bluebonnet

I am in love with the Redbud trees.  If they were fragrant they would be perfect.

Redbud edited drop bloom

Seed pod left over from last summer. Not sure what the plant is.

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One trail we found had this old Toyota truck tucked away in a clearing.  It looks like it has been there a while.

 

Old Toyoyta grill and emblem

old Toyota truck grill close up