2020 Texas Wildflower Season Outlook
Looks like we are on track for a "hit and miss" season. This means there will be some nice surprises where the fall rains and winter rains were enough to support germination and continual growth of rosettes (small winter over plants). That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that not all locations received average rainfall at the right time. And the winter temperatures have been averaging above normal. So, there will be some disappointments along with the nice surprises as well as, some potentially very early blooms along roadsides and urban "heat islands." For the details and what the data says could be the best spots see the 2020 Texas Wildflower Outlook eBook in the eBook section.
Best Time to Visit Texas for the Spring Wildflower Show
Are you planning to visit Texas to view the spring wildflowers? Because Texas is so big the wildflowers bloom at different times depending the location in Texas. Generally, the bloom line will march north from deep South Texas, but it will vary depending on elevation and species of wildflower. Check out the article, "When Should I Come to See Texas Wildflowers?" for the details, including a map showing the progression of the bluebonnet bloom-line and a chart with bloom times for some of the other major wildflowers.
Wildflower Travel eBooks
Whether you are new to the Texas Spring Wildflower show or you just need some guidance on where to go, our Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflower Routes eBooks can help. Each one contains maps and suggested routes that have had some of the best displays in the past. There is an eBook for the following major wildflower areas in Texas:
Brenham – located northwest of Houston is unique in its Texas history and has some really nice rolling hillside displays. The historic and scenic La Bahia Road (FM 390 loop) from Burton through Independence, Texas is a must do drive anytime of the year. The Brenham eBook highlights roads like FM 390 and some “off-the-beaten” paths.
Ennis – located just south of Dallas, the Ennis area is known for its dramatic bluebonnet displays. The local garden group goes out each year and puts up signs for the best routes. Our eBook includes the Ennis published routes with comments on what you can find along the routes along with some routes not usually listed by the garden group. The Ennis eBook also covers other areas in the region that can also produce some great displays.
Hill Country – located northwest of San Antonio, is a favorite of landscape photographers. With majestic hills and valleys with rugged country roads, the Hill Country covered with wildflowers is a sight not to be missed. Not every year is the best, but even in an average year there are some great views to be enjoyed and photographed. The Hill Country eBook lists some special routes and highlights some of the small communities. How about a bluebonnet covered cemetery from the 1800s?
San Antonio – South/East eBook covers some of the popular counties just south and east of San Antonio, Texas. Counties like Atascosa County where you can view fields of sandyland bluebonnets, phlox or paintbrush. If you like a variety of wildflowers with some bluebonnets thrown in, then this eBook is what you need.
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