Having just made my annual end-of-January trip to southeast Texas, I can report that despite any prognostications from Punxsutawney Phil, the signs of springâ€™s approach are visible in at least parts of the Lone Star State. I didnâ€™t see any wildflowers except for dandelions and henbit, but peach trees are beginning to bud and lettuce is harvest-ready in backyard gardens. Best of all, bluebonnet seedlings are popping up in pastures and along roadsides.
I know, weâ€™ve got at least a month of winter left and probably some nasty weather ahead, but I love the anticipation of February. It doesnâ€™t hurt that weâ€™re now working on our annual wildflower story in the April issueâ€”22 pages that spotlight four wildflower drives in different parts of Texas. My prediction: If you donâ€™t already have wildflower fever, you will by the time that issue arrives, in early March. Anticipate it, and be ready to take a drive.