A few weeks ago, when a man stopped on my sidewalk and offered to mow my yard — a yard filled with the state flower of Texas and other wildflowers in full bloom — I realized the need to write of the stages bluebonnets must go through to reproduce.
The green plants appear in the fall and grow through the winter. Most people recognize the splendid blue blooms in the spring but may not recognize the next two stages when the flowers are preparing for blooms in the next year.
The flowers look like plump green grape pods next and finally enter the crucial stage of drying and then popping their seeds out.
My husband used to say that he felt the bluebonnets were beautiful at every stage. Indeed, in the final stage the plants look like small dried arrangements.
Unlike pink evening primroses, bluebonnets cannot be mowed down before this final stage or there will be no more blooms.
In the past, fields on Ector and University Drive attracted many to take pictures in the bluebonnets. This year there is not a single bluebonnet there, probably because someone mowed the field before the bluebonnets had a chance to re-seed.
We should thank our native plants for the beauty they share with us and for their helping our water supply by requiring little water to survive.
Joyce C. Palmer,