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Springtime in the Country- Bluebonnet Trails

This morning I received an email from Cathy Cole the owner of Heritage Texas Country Properties asking me to post a map of the Bluebonnet trails of Washington County. But it’s only February 26th! With our crazy and unpredictable Texas weather, it is apparently not too early to post this.

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My weekend visitors informed me that on their ride up from Houston they were pleasantly surprised to see Bluebonnets and Indian Paints already in bloom so thanks to our boss for planning ahead.

LORE OF THE BLUEBONNET

PhotoBluebonnets have been loved since man first trod the vast prairies of Texas. Indians wove fascinating folk tales around them. The early-day Spanish priests gathered the seeds and grew them around their missions. This practice gave rise to the myth that the padres had brought the plant from Spain, but this cannot be true since the two predominant species of bluebonnets are found growing naturally only in Texas and at no other location in the world.

As historian Jack Maguire so aptly wrote, “It’s not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat.” He goes on to affirm that “The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland.”

The ballad of our singing governor, the late W. Lee O’Daniel, goes, “you may be on the plains or the mountains or down where the sea breezes blow, but bluebonnets are one of the prime factors that make the state the most beautiful land that we know.

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So start checking out the weather map and planning your trip through Washington County and don’t forget to visit Fayette County, Austin County and Colorado County while you are in the area because all of these places are carpeted with Texas wildflowers and it is a site to behold!