Spring time in Texas is heaven. Or close to it. Texas is covered in wildflowers at this time of year. There are dozens and dozens of varieties but none so extraordinary as the bluebonnet. Driving down back roads, one can see fields of blue stretching the tree lines. But sometimes I like to take a look up close. Bluebonnet flower at sunset, Chappell Hill, Texas.
Another blossom. The rain has stayed away allowing these flowers to keep their beauty. It is going to be a bumper crop of blossoms. The other amaryllis in my garden are just as prolific.
The color of the flower is very difficult to capture. It is red with a dark purple, nearly black sheen.
The Black Pearl Amaryllis is the big daddy of our amaryllis empire. It makes large, dark blossoms with a velvety sheen. The first buds are ready to blossom but there is rain in the forecast. I hope it holds off long enough to enjoy these blossoms. I’d cut them but I have a cat that loves greens of any kind so keeping the blossom indoors isn’t possible.
I love flowers. There. I said it. I became fascinated with them about 10 years ago. Oh sure, I always thought flowers were pretty but now I find them deeply fascinating. Here, I blame two people: my mother and my father. My mother taught me about beauty and my father was a scientist. So, my fascination with floral beauty is almost a study in how flowers are designed and the advantages different designs offer. To that end, here is the cottage rose. Every season, I try to follow the development of a flower. If you go way back in my blog, you’ll notice a lot of amaryllis. In the winter months, the calendula is constantly fascinating. Now, we’ll see how long the cottage rose lasts. I bought the flower this past weekend and took a quick snap. I’ll plant it in a pot until I understand how it deals with the hot, Texas sun.
Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 in the tiny town of Washington on the Brazos. Much of the original town has disappeared although a more modern town exists. The original area is now a state park and among the structures is a recreation of the original Independence Hall. There are guided tours and in March and April, it is a very pleasant place to visit situated in the middle of wildflower country.