The Ephemeris For February The phases of the Texas Bluebonnet
Springtime was the perfect opportunity for this nature lover to get re-acquainted with Mother Nature, and she surely sent some of her best ambassadors to re-start the relations, namely wild primroses, scarlet poppies and that Texas treasure, the bluebonnet
. Even you non-outdoorsy types would enjoy the sight and smell of springtime in Austin.
What began in 1983 with ten acres of bluebonnets
for the Texas Highway Department has become one of the largest privately owned wildflower farms in the United States.
Redbuds, jonquils and bluebonnets
paint the early spring hillsides.
Austin was on the verge of recovering from the '80s real-estate bust as silicon wafers sprang up like hill-country bluebonnets
. Today, it is a city where granola meets high-tech meets college intelligentsia meets cowboy-stock meets Hispanic meets black meets straight meets gay meets East and West Coast transplants.
Young and old are flocking to see the blooms-from tulips in Michigan, lilacs in New York and bluebonnets
They are multiplying like Texas bluebonnets
in spring: support networks for patients.
Has: mesquite, white crepe myrtle, pink crepe myrtle, mimosa, McIntosh ash, silver maple, chinaberry, century plant, mount laurel, red bud, live oak, red oak, morning glory vines, bluebonnets
The tracks are "Sun Comes Back" (3:43), "Your Neighbor's Trampoline" (3:49), "Let Me Down Easy" (3:37), "If You're Gonna Go" (4:27), "Desdemona" (3:58), "Nashville" (3:34), "Pretty Good Today" (4:03), "Stone Around My Neck" (4:33), "What Do You Bury?" (5:17), "Heart Broken Open" (4:18), and "Bluebonnets
Behind it is a field planted with bluebonnets
, dotted on the edges by yellow black-eyed Susans and snow-white black-foot daisies.
In the early spring we spade up volunteer bluebonnets
in the pasture with clumps of dirt to transplant around the yard.
While some of its work is based in the lab--for example, researchers have identified which plants make the best hosts for the partly parasitic Indian paintbrush and have discovered ways to make bluebonnets
perform better in the field--the NWRC is perhaps best known for its highway beautification projects, in which native seeds are sprinkled alongside and down the center of highways from Wyoming to Texas.