This post is really an excuse to share beautiful flower pictures, and a favorite video/song. But while I’m doing that, here is a guide to viewing the famous bluebonnets of the Texas hill country (and other things to do there).
The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. This particular flower was selected for the state due to the vast fields of bluebonnets that bloom each spring throughout the central portion of Texas. The flower gets its name from the shape of the petals, which look like bonnets worn by pioneer women. The stems of the flower are a gorgeous bright blue color, pea-like, and have a white tip. Over the years, the wild population has been supplemented with planted parcels of these beautiful bluebonnets.
During the springtime, fields of bluebonnets can be spotted throughout central, east, and southeastern Texas. Many of the state’s major highways are lined with bluebonnets and other wildflowers during this time of year, making for memorable scenic drives. In fact, some of the best-known stretches of highway for viewing bluebonnets in Texas are located in Washington County, which also includes Brenham, home to the popular Blue Bell Ice Cream…
Those red flowers are Indian Paintbrush: