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3/29/2019 9:22 PM
 

Hill Country: Mason County - 3/29/2019

NOTE: This is a preliminary report. More details and more photos will be added.

Report Date: 3/29/2019

Summary: Roadsides along major and most county roads are in the early stages of a full bloom. Some blooms are older due to early blooming. I did not see any seedpods. I saw lots of new buds. Bluebonnet blooms were extending beyond the roadsides along many of the roads I traveled. Roadside blooms should be good for another 7 to 10 days. Some fields will likely develop more within the next 10 days. There are plenty of blooms along most roads, but some favorite spots are not doing as well. The ** roads below are above average. Nothing I saw was better than 2010 at this stage. Most of the area needs more rain. That said the main negative I saw was tall dead grass and winter grass. 

RR 783 Kerrville to Doss: Very little blooms. One small field of bluebonnets at 783 and US 290. Better coverage closer to US 87 with some small fields close to the road. Other fields had some blooms and might be developing.


RR 783, Mason County, Texas 

** US 87 Fredericksburg to Beyond Mason: Roadsides the best I have seen in many years. Blooms extend beyond fence in many locations. Some fields look to be developing. Some early blooms evident, but more developing. Should be good until at least April 6th or longer if the area gets rain.


US 87 Near Mason, Texas


US 87 Mason County

RR 1222 US 87 to RR 786: Some patches of bluebonnets, and the usual scrambled eggs.
Fredonia: Nothing spectacular.
Texas 71 Fredonia to Pontotoc: About average - definitely not the best or even above average.
Union Band Cemetery: Located off Texas 71 west of Pontotoc: Some nice coverage of bluebonnets out front and inside the cemetery. About average.
Pontotoc: About average. Definitely not the best or worse I have seen. More might develop in a week.
RR 501 From Pontotoc towards Cherokee: Roadsides below average. Looks like chippers came through and literally destroyed the shoulders. About halfway to Cherokee, bluebonnets can be seen covering parts of the south-facing hills. Some fields developing closer to Pontotoc.
Fly Gap RD: Pretty much void of any wildflowers. Very tall dead grass where there used to be wildflowers.
RR 2618: Average to above average in some sections.
** RR 1900: Best I have seen in many years. Roadsides have some blue the entire road with some 80-90% coverage. Some areas with blue extending beyond the fence.
Art: Very poor coverage at the church on the corner of Art Hedwigs Hill RD and Texas 29
Texas 29 from RR 1900 to Art Hedwigs Hill RD: Below average.

 

 
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