Sunday, March 29, 2015

Texas State Flower

The bluebonnet.  Lupinus subcarnosus.  The most iconic flower of the great state of Texas.

And it is no wonder why.  After wet winters like the one we just had, Texas roadsides and countrysides are covered in shades of blue this time of year.

I unfortunately did not get around to planting my own bluebonnet wildflower seeds last fall, but still ended up with a garden full of bluebonnets this year.

How, you may ask?  Well, turns out that the soil we had delivered from The Natural Gardener last year to fill the new backyard garden beds had a nice little surprise added.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the bluebonnet rosettes appear over the winter, and now I'm enjoying their sprinkling of royal blue throughout the garden.

I'm hoping next year there is an even bigger showing after this first round of flowers drops their seeds (assuming we get a decent rain next winter).


  1. So lovely, aren't they? That was a nice surprise the NG folk included in their soil and you're absolutely right - if you allow your plants to seed out you'll probably have a steady supply for years to come. It doesn't matter if I see 5 of these rosettes or 50 - they make me swoon in any number!

    1. Agreed. I'm quite happy with the extra "bonus" that the NG put into the soil and look forward to many more seasons of bluebonnets. I had no idea how large one rosette gets - I always thought they were little plants...not 8+ blooms per plant! Of course, that might be the exception rather than the norm with the amount of rain we got during the last several months.

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    1. Thanks! Gardens are full of surprises!