It's sometimes difficult to know when the seasons change in Texas, but one of the most anticipated seasons is that of the wildflower. Like brushstrokes from the hands of God, this showcase of vibrant colors is a tourism attraction in itself. So, the possibility of it not coming to fruition has been a stressor of late.
The good news is that, in the midst of the drought, each drop of fall and winter rain has brought renewed hope that this year might actually yield fields of flowers, including a bumper crop of bluebonnets.
"We are expecting a good wildflower crop in the Hill Country this spring," says Daryl Whitworth, assistant director of the Freericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Many seeds that were dormant, especially bluebonnets, appear to have had good germination from the fall rains."
He adds that "Showers have continued from early October until now and numerous people are reporting seeing many small bluebonnet plants."
In fact, Whitworth says the drought has actually given us the benefit of a better view. With grasses in pastures and along roadsides so short, flowers should be much more visible.
"As long as we continue to receive rain, April should bring a great display," Whitworth says.
We're keeping our fingers crossed.
To keep track of the wildflower progress, visit these sites: