I grew up in a very busy part of the world. For the first 18 years of my life I lived in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C.. The trees were tall and the grass was green. It was nice, but busy. Hardly ever did I stop and smell the flowers.
In 2005 I moved to Texas to take my first job out of college. It was a new part of the world that I was not used to living in. The grass wasn’t always green…the sky was not always blue (it was dusty orange sometimes) and the storms were meaner. That right there would not sound like an ideal place to live, right?
But all that changes in the springtime in Texas. The grass is vibrant green… the sky seems to be the perfect shade of Carolina Blue. That’s right..I called The Texas Sky a shade of Carolina Blue (Go Tar Heels!) And the soil turns from winter brown to vibrant shades of blue…and white…and orange.
Texas is home to the greatest wildflowers in the entire world! The Texas Bluebonnet is to Texas what The Shamrock is to Ireland. Some say it’s the baseball season that officially makes it spring. But not me… nope… it’s driving down the road and seeing endless rows of Texas Bluebonnets. Whether you’re in the busy metropolis of Dallas or driving down a sleepy road in The Hill Country, Texas has what much of America does not. A true process of watching Mother Nature work and a reminder that yes… there is a God.
You see…the Texas Bluebonnet needs a lot to grow. It all starts in the fall before the first freeze moves in. Seeds that fell earlier in the spring begin to germinate thanks to the rain and cooler temperatures. During the winter, they are still growing even though you may not see them while driving by at 80 mph. Starting in late February you will hear someone mention that they saw a Bluebonnet on the side of the road. Most likely this report came somewhere in deep South Texas. But each week you will begin to hear that the flowers are sprouting in Houston… then San Antonio… then Austin… and by early April, they have made it to North Texas.
And that is when the state goes wild! Festivals are held. Pictures are taken! Trips are booked to travel the state to see what all Mother Nature has done. And if you’re lucky, you may see a proposal happening in a field of Bluebonnets…or even someone getting married with a bouquet of Bluebonnets.
Yes… Texans take the state flower very seriously. And it’s easy to see why…if this doesn’t say “Sweet Mother Texas”, then I don’t know what does.