Dry Counties

Texas BluebonnetsOther than our recent shower activity, it’s been a pretty dry Winter and Spring in Central Texas. The green shoulders along Mo-Pac complement our gorgeous weather of late, but they are also bereft of the wildflowers that typically adorn the roadsides this time of year.

I’ve seen small parcels of bluebonnets out in the Hill Country (near Willow City, especially) but the best bet around Austin is to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes are patchy, even in this favorable environment, but they are supplemented by several tended plots that provide backdrop for the obligatory photo ops.

The Wildflower Center is an oasis of natural calm in an increasingly suburbanized area off S. Loop 1. But even amidst the crowds enticed by perfect weather and a spring plant sale, my wife and I easily found seclusion that was reminiscent of a favorite hike through Lost Maples. The center is open every day between 9am and 5:30pm during Wildflower Days, which extend through the end of April. Whether you want to see bluebonnets or simply get away from the city, you can manage both in Lady Bird’s preserve.

1 Comment so far

  1. Chip (unregistered) on April 10th, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

    I drove to Baton Rogue last weekend. There were some nice patches along 75.

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