Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Texas wildflowers

I don’t remember it raining that much in April, but I’d imagine we will still see May flowers. The ole saying can’t be wrong. Whether you paused for pictures or zipped on down the highway, I’m sure you noticed our blue and pink speckled highways throughout the past month or so. Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets have been ubiquitous. There is still time to enjoy Texas’ bounty of wildflowers. The following two books can help with identification.

Texas Wildflowers
Campbell Loughmiller’s classic field guide will help you identify all the indigenous flowers of Texas. I enjoy this book, but am seemingly identification-incapable. Nonetheless, I keep trying. Whether going on a road trip or tromping through your neighborhood park, this is a great resource.

Wildflowers of Texas
A big book is fun, especially when it contains page upon page of vibrant Texas wildflowers.
Are you wanting to hit the road? This book will get you somewhere and be on the lookout for wildflowers.
Country Roads of Texas: Drives, Day Trips, and Weekend Excursions

If you’re considering making your garden more native, consider checking into the City of Austin’s green garden program:

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