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4/14/2015 11:17 AM
 

On my last trip to areas (4/11/2015) in the Hill Country the roadside blooms right along the edges of the roads were beyond peak and showing some seedpods.  They were not all with seedpods, but the seedpods were easy to spot. Blooms in fields still looked good and it appeared that some fields had actually filled in more than my previous visit on 4/7/2015.. Some of the field areas closer to the road actually appeared to have new buds. I also saw evidence of other wildflowers getting ready to bloom for the next half of April into May. I did see a few roadsides with greenthread. Right now I still think the sweet spot is still mainly Llano County. However, based on a few other reports there might be some new bluebonnet blooms even in parts of Mason County.  Certainly the reports of prairie paintbrush give me hope that we might see some more variety this season.


Notice the new buds in this image taken along one of the roads in Llano County.


Firewheels beginning to bloom. Notice all of the new buds still to bloom. 

Most of the eastern parts of the Hill Country are now running a bit behind in rainfall in the past 30 days.  The last two systems that came through in the past week, mostly missed the central parts of the Hill Country. Mason County and parts of San Saba County are running at or above normal rainfall in the past 30 days. 


Notice the areas south of San Antonio received well above normal rainfall. In those sandy soil areas south of San Antonio, it might be interesting to see if how the May and June wildflowers do.

 
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