Wildflowers forum: bluebonnets are germinating!

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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jun 6, 2016 8:42 PM CST
With all this rain, they are germinating ---in the pods even.
I don't think they will survive the summer...and less bluebonnets next spring. Crying
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jun 7, 2016 12:41 PM CST

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Wow! that is very strange, I hope they don't all go that route, it would be a shame. Smiling
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 20, 2016 2:00 PM CST
I doubt we will have a very big wildflower season in Texas next spring anyway. At least, not if it's La Nina that is coming now that El Nino is gone...that's what some experts are saying, anyway. It's fascinating that bluebonnet seeds have tricks that some other seeds don't have. A certain percent of them will normally go dormant and wait for whatever magic signal of nature that tells them to germinate later on, perhaps years away.
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LindaTX8
Jun 20, 2016 2:00 PM CST
I doubt we will have a very big wildflower season in Texas next spring anyway. At least, not if it's La Nina that is coming now that El Nino is gone...that's what some experts are saying, anyway. It's fascinating that bluebonnet seeds have tricks that some other seeds don't have. A certain percent of them will normally go dormant and wait for whatever magic signal of nature that tells them to germinate later on, perhaps years away.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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LindaTX8
Oct 23, 2016 2:07 PM CST
I planted some bluebonnet seeds in the yard where I could water from time to time. In the meantime, the Baby Blue-Eyes are coming up up where I water. They flourished the last couple of years and seeded out like I've never seen before, so naturally they would come up, but will be dependant on watering, I guess. I miss the rain. It's been really dry since the spring monsoon ended. I wish we had more blooms for all these butterflies that have shown up lately...but there's not many blooms out there in the wild. The Goldeneye, Viguiera dentata, is trying very hard, however, blooming well on the property in spite of the lack of rain. The Flame Acanthus in the yard has enough blooms for them, and the White Mistflower is starting to bloom. Some salvias are blooming, but the butterflies just seem to prefer Flame Acanthus over everything else! Fortunately, I have plenty of it in the yard!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 23, 2016 2:34 PM CST

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The butterflies have been very fond of Fame Acanthus here too.
We had Pipevines, Monarchs, Queens and Giants nectaring in it together and it was beautiful. We should plant lots of Flame Acanthus. Smiling
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 25, 2016 9:37 AM CST

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Thank you for bringing up Flame acanthus, I'm adding it to my 'want list'. Thumbs up

It's been kinda slim pickings for wildflowers here too, so far. Although tall boneset and goldenrod are blooming okay. I'm leaving blooms in my garden just for the bees and butterflies, even though I dread all of the seeds that will follow. On the opposite side of that, something keeps eating all of the flowers and seeds from my salvia, Coral Nymph, seeds I would like to save!!

Turk's Cap is a favorite butterfly plant here right now.

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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Oct 25, 2016 1:50 PM CST

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I agree Christine, and of course Bluemist flower as well Smiling
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