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3/17/2017 9:08 PM
 

San Antonio – New Braunfels – San Marcos – Wimberley

Trip Date: 3/17/2017

Roads Covered: North Loop 1604, Nacogdoches RD/FM-2252, FM-3009, FM-1863, Texas 46, Loop 337, Hunter RD/FM-1102, RR-12, I-35
Overview: Coverage on all roads was less than average. Plants in bloom were seen along all roads except I-35.  I was not impressed with the coverage. It was sporadic and patchy. All of the blooms looked small, but not early blooms. The plants looked like they at the beginning of full bloom, so there will be some additional coverage coming. If we were anxiously awaiting green grass as the main attraction, then we would have a spectacular season. Winter grass was everywhere and getting taller by the minute. It is a real shame that so much of the winter rye type grass is now more prevalent than our state wildflower. 
 
****WARNING****
I know some of you might read the notes below and think you might take your kids out for that “annual in the bluebonnets” photo. DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!  All of these roads were heavily traveled and many did not have easy access to park your car. The safest location on the access road to Green Mountain RD along Loop 1604 just did not have any blooms, but even that location is dangerous if you are not watching for traffic. 

 

North Loop 1604: Best patches I saw were close to the south intersection with Huebner RD. There were other patches and one or two stretches near Judson RD, but the usual solid coverage in the Green Mountain RD area were not there this year.
FM-3009: Just west of the intersection with Nacogdoches RD on the right side is a nice long stretch of bluebonnets.  Elsewhere the coverage was spotty with some large patches, but no solid coverage.
FM-1863: Very spotty coverage until just before the intersection with Texas 46 where there were several long stretches of bluebonnets in bloom.
Loop 337: The west side of Loop 337 between Texas 46 and Common Street had some really long stretches of bluebonnets that might become fully covered in the next week or two.
Hunter RD: Large field of bluebonnets right past one of the entrances of the rock plant. The field was not solid, but had several large stretches of bluebonnets. Nice to see, but not much of a photo op.
RR-12: Very spotty coverage, but some patches look like they might fill in more.  Nothing like what it could be if the roadsides even had average coverage. 
I-35: None of the fields we usually see between New Braunfels and Loop 1604 have developed. I saw nothing but green grass.

 

 
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