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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inspired by . . . the lone star state

When my mom moved to Texas a couple of years ago a friend gave her a bumper sticker that reads, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" It's a fun sentiment, but I can't honestly say that I've spent the first 35 years of my life trying to get here. What I can honestly say is that when I moved here seven years ago it felt like coming home.

 

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The state flower is the bluebonnet and what a beauty she is!   "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France, the rose to England and the tulip to Holland," affirms historian Jack Mcguire.

 

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Did you know that Texas actually has five state flowers? All of them are bluebonnets!

  1. Lupinus subcarnosus, the original champion and still co-holder of the title, grows naturally in deep sandy loams from Leon County southwest to LaSalle County and down to the northern part of Hidalgo County in the Valley. It is often referred to as the sandy land bluebonnet. The plant's leaflets are blunt, sometimes notched with silky undersides. This species, which reaches peak bloom in late March, is not easy to maintain in clay soils.
  2. Lupinus texensis, the favorite of tourists and artists, provides the blue spring carpet of Central Texas. It is widely known as THE Texas bluebonnet. It has pointed leaflets, the flowering stalk is tipped with white (like a bunny's tail) and hits its peak bloom in late March and early April. It is the easiest of all the species to grow.
  3. Lupinus Havardii, also known as the Big Bend or Chisos Bluebonnet, is the most majestic of the Texas bluebonnet tribe with flowering spikes up to three feet. It is found on the flats of the Big Bend country in early spring, usually has seven leaflets and is difficult to cultivate outside its natural habitat.
  4. Lupinus concinnus is an inconspicuous little lupine, from 2 to 7 inches, with flowers which combine elements of white, rosy purple and lavender. Commonly known as the annual lupine, it is found sparingly in the Trans-Pecos region, blooming in early spring.
  5. Lupinus plattensis sneaks down from the north into the Texas Panhandle's sandy dunes. It is the only perennial species in the state and grows to about two feet tall. It normally blooms in mid to late spring and is also known as the dune bluebonnet, the plains bluebonnet and the Nebraska Lupine.

 

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I've added white and pink bluebonnets to my bucket list. They're very rare. There is a legend about the pink bluebonnet.  You can read it here: Legend of the Pink Bluebonnet

 

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The name Texas is based on the Caddo word tejas, meaning "friend" or "allies."

It's true the concept of size is a little different here. Texas is the 2nd largest state {behind Alaska} and has the world's 13th largest economy. No kidding.

I've seen cows here that stood taller than horses, and jackrabbits that I mistook for small deer. No kidding.

It's a pretty fabulous place. And if you're ever in the neighborhood, remember . . .

 

. . . you have a friend in Texas!

 

Blessings,

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11 comments:

  1. I should have been born in Texas, I'm just about the biggest Cowboys fan there is. Not sure how, I was born near Buffalo, NY! Love those flowers. Just breathtaking.

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  2. ah ... several of our dearest friends moved to Texas 20 years ago, June ... and life in New York has never been the same.

    sigh.

    these gorgeous shots are bringing back bittersweet memories of visits there.

    sigh.

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  3. Beautiful flowers. I am so happy winter is finally gone for now

    Mollyxxx

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  4. My mom and a ton of relatives were born in Texas. My brother has a place there as well. I spend some time there and I appreciate the attitude of the people in Texas. It's like a throwback to the days patriotism and doing the right thing, not the easiest. I know that's a general statement, but it's just the feel I get for Texas.

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  5. I have loved seeing all the Texans share their Bluebonnet pictures. What a beautiful scene to experience.

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  6. Texas was good to us for almost 30 years. Hated to leave there, but I'm enjoying a slower pace of life in Louisiana.

    Now for your photos: they are breathtaking!! I did not know there were different kinds of bluebonnets, so thanks for the info on that. If you ever see that pink one, I hope you will share it with us. :)

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  7. They're very pretty. The lupine is a feroeign species here, but they're very common along roads.

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  8. I always enjoyed myself when traveling through Texas. I remember staying at "Shamrock,TX" and looking at the phone book with most of the addresses being 'north of town' or 'south of town' or 'east of town' or 'west of town'!

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  9. So pretty. Love the quote on the first one.

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  10. I've never been in Texas and I didn't know so many things about it, but I knew it to be a dreamland, and now that I know that you're living there, I'm sure, it's even much more beautiful !
    With love <3
    Dany

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