Wildflowers: Lovely Pictures Linda, you are an inspiration!!

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Wildflowers

By LindaTX8
October 9, 2013

When I was growing up, few things cheered me up more than to see plants blooming, especially along the roads or in the undeveloped areas near where I lived. Back then, there was more land that hadn't been developed, and much of it still had many native wild plants. These days, there are fewer and fewer of those areas. There was no one to teach me about wild plants or wildflowers. I just found the wild places really fascinating, and the flowers were pretty, even if I didn't know the names of most of the plants. Flowers brought me joy! It wasn't until late in my life that I learned more about native plants and wildflowers and about growing plants and gardening. The wildflowers that grow here and there can give us so much enjoyment. All we have to do is stop, look around, and appreciate them!

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 8, 2013 6:05 PM CST
I love them all too, and can't get enough of them.
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extranjera
Oct 8, 2013 6:43 PM CST
When we were fulltime RVers, we would cross Texas twice a year on our way south and I always enjoyed the wildflowers along the roads in the spring. If we hit it at the right time, it was just stunning to see acres and acres of color. I always said a silent 'thank you' to Lady Bird Johnson for those beautiful flowers. I don't know if she was really responsible for them but it is what I had been told. When I was growing up in Calif, in the spring the hills would be a solid mass of gold from the poppies, there are so few areas left that they can grow in, I don't know if they still put on such a show.
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 8, 2013 7:33 PM CST
frostweed said:I love them all too, and can't get enough of them.

I agree
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Oct 8, 2013 8:27 PM CST
Me, too! They put a smile on my face whether I'm hiking near them or driving past them.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 8, 2013 8:39 PM CST
In this county they long ago seeded the roadsides with wildflowers, mostly native to our state, & it looks so lovely & puts a smile on my face too. I giggle with delight as we drive along. We have also noticed that when the wildflowers are blooming, there is no littering. People just can't bring themselves to throw litter out the windows of their cars & ruin the prettiness of the roadside. It's a win, win situation!
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CarolineScott
Oct 8, 2013 8:52 PM CST
I love wildflowers because they take a hard place and make it beautiful!
Thanks for the pictures.
I do find that in the city ---- a lot of people do not understand wildflowers.
I suppose because they just grow, and are not planted in straight lines along chemical lawns.
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Dayjillymo
Oct 8, 2013 9:13 PM CST
Wow - love the photos, Linda. Your article really takes me back to a time when fields weren't manicured and when herbicides weren't used to rid the pastures of "weeds". 'Way back then, farmers tolerated wild flowers. They would raise sheep to follow the cattle through the fields because the sheep preferred the broadleaf "weeds" that the cattle wouldn't eat. Then the pigs would clean up whatever the others left behind and the chickens would clean up after the pigs. It was a win-win situation and that's what we used to call a farm. And it was a beautiful time, indeed!

Thanks for bringing that time back for me.

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Bubbles
Oct 8, 2013 9:22 PM CST
Love the flower photos, Linda! All the construction around us is pushing the wildflowers farther and farther out.
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blue23rose
Oct 9, 2013 5:01 AM CST
Your pictures are lovely, Linda! I love to see a spot along the roadside that has been seeded with wildflowers. Sometimes see a whole field of them in the cloverleafs and it is just gorgeous. But I also love to see the blue chicory randomly growing along the road side. It is amazing how such a beautiful flower can come from such poor soil.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 10, 2013 3:30 AM CST
Perfect! Smiling
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canadanna
Oct 10, 2013 6:56 AM CST
Beautiful pictures. I agree with all the comments.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Oct 10, 2013 10:14 PM CST
Thanks so much, ya'll! I wrote this a while back and it just happened to be posted after my computer went on the fritz! I'm using another computer temporarily until mine gets back from the shop, just got this connected today. Yes, Lady Bird got the highway maintenance people in Texas to avoid mowing down wildflowers unnecessarily and then inspired the state and local highway people to plant more wildflowers along major highways. This fall the plants are trying to come back around here. The wild milkweeds were dormant from the drought, some have come back up, but I don't see any blooming along the roads. For some reason, the White Mistflower hasn't bloomed yet, even in my yard...mine is about to start, it's late! But the last couple of rains have been a big blessing, otherwise the blooms along the roads would be much less! Hoping for more rain this weekend! Oh, and there's still time to plant wildflowers that will bloom in the spring! I need to go get some bluebonnet seeds and get them planted right away!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 11, 2013 7:36 AM CST
The Texas Bluebonnets are amazing. A spectacular sight!
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KyWoods
Oct 11, 2013 10:26 AM CST
I agree, I sure enjoyed them when I was stationed in TX in the army back in the 80's. Anything to make Ft. Hood more bearable was extremely welcome!

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