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Warm weather, rains fuel early emergence

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

Unseasonably warm weather has wildflowers sprouting a little early around Denton County.

“Spring is happening now, despite what the calendar says,” said Janet Laminack, a horticulture agent with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County.

Spring officially begins Tuesday.

She said precipitation came at the right times throughout the fall and winter months, helping wildflowers grow nicely. If temperatures remain about the same during the next few weeks, Laminack said, she expects a good showing of wildflowers for the next few weeks.

“I think we’ll have a good turnout,” she said. “I think we should have a few good weeks of blooms because of the rainfall.”

She said recent sightings of bluebonnet, redbud and Mexican plum blooms have been reported throughout the county. 

According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website, www.wildflower.org, recent rainfall should provide the north central and eastern regions of Texas with favorable wildflower showings this spring.

Eric Martello, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Denton has accumulated 8.71 inches of precipitation since January — 2.25 inches greater than normal readings for this time of year.

Martello said there’s a 30 percent chance that temperatures through June will remain above average.

As temperatures rise, the blooming process speeds up, so Laminack advises to “enjoy what you can see now and keep your eyes open.”

For a list of Texas wildflower sightings, visit Wild About Texas Wildflowers at www.lnstar.com/wildflowers.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com.