Set 3 of My Favorite Texas Wildflowers

Bob Jensen at Trinity University 


This has been a very long winter
Although the only snow I can see from my office window is now on the mountain tops,
nearly every night drops below freezing. However, the forecast was changed from freezing rain to just rain this week.
While awaiting springtime in June it's hard to think that Texas blue bonnets and other wild flowers have already withered in 2014
We lived in Texas for 24 years and used to look forward to the March-April season when the Texas fields become impressionist paintings.

The landscape paintbrush does move north from Texas and arrives up here in the middle of June.
We have a dreary-looking wild flower field in May  that will be painted like this in June.
The landscape artist shifts from blue bonnets in Texas to the taller lupine in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

The golf carts are in the background
I never find time to golf even though the course borders our property on two sides

This patch is close to my barn

Here's a summer chapel about a half mile down the road from our cottage (picture taken in June)


Here are some pictures of wild flowers that I took years ago along with pictures sent to me by friends
This is Texas at its best. One drawback is that deadly rattlesnakes crawl among the wild flowers of Texas
In New Hampshire they are helpful and colorful garter snakes --- there are no poisonous snakes in the White Mountains
I don't like living around dangerous snakes. I did not take the picture below.



Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ---

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a public botanical garden dedicated to creating a more sustainable earth through research and education. Situated 10 miles SW of downtown Austin, Texas and just inside the edge of the distinctive Texas hill country, the 279-acre Wildflower Center attracts 100,000 annual visitors. The center is a self-supporting research unit of The University of Texas at Austin devoted entirely to native plants, with more than 700 species native to central Texas, and the environmental benefits of native-plant landscaping. (see Native Plant Information Network). The Wildflower Center also hosts changing exhibits of visual art and photography and features outdoor sculptures, walking trails, formal and research plantings, educational exhibits, and an annual sale of native plants. In 2013, the syndicated television series, Texas Country Reporter, hosted by Bob Phillips, declared the center the No. 1 site from which to view wildflowers within Texas.

Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson[1] and actress Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. Officially renamed Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in 1995,[5] the center focuses on Mrs. Johnson's interest in sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The inscription on the Presidential Medal of Freedom award presented to Lady Bird Johnson in 1977 by President Gerald Ford[6] concludes with the words "Her leadership transformed the American landscape and preserved its natural beauty as a national treasure.

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Danny Sanchez at Trinity University in San Antonio sent me the first five pictures below


Paula Ward in San Antonio sent me all the pictures below

Blue Bonnets resemble baby Lupine



Wildflowers Set 1 ---    

Erika's Flowers of the Field ---

A Walk Down Lovers Lane ---

Texas Wildflowers Set 1 ---

Texas Wildflowers Set 2 ---

Lupine Favorites

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Set 2 ---


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The Life of Flowers ---

On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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Sunset Hill is a ridge overlooking with New Hampshire's White Mountains to the East
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