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2020 TEXAS WILDFLOWER AND BLUEBONNET SIGHTINGS REPORT


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WILDFLOWER VIEWING GUIDE

These guidelines will help keep you safe and ensure future generations can also enjoy Texas wildflowers.

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>Coronavirus Pandemic


Everyone must do their part to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
1) Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer;
2) Disinfect surfaces frequently;
3) Practice social distancing and do not congregate in groups of people larger than 10;
4) Avoid unnecessary travel;
5) DO NOT PANIC. Hoarding is not necessary, there has been no distruption to the supply chain;
6) Support your local community, many restaurants still offer drive-thru, carry-out and delivery options;
7) Adhere to directives given by local , state and federal officials;
8) Keep calm. If everyone works together for the common good we can get through this quickly and become stronger than ever before as a community and nation.

>March 19, 2020 - Spring Equinox

Late tonight will mark the official start of spring. Bluebonnets are already in bloom in many parts of the state including the central Texas area around Austin. So far I have not seen any indication of any areas in bloom that are anything more than average. Areas south and west of San Antonio are below average, as well as the Brazos Valley area around Brenham. Where bluebonnets are blooming, the warm winter allowed the excessive growth of grasses that are overtaking annual wildflowers.
Based on weather data from the fall through winter, the best chances for an average to above average display are for the western Hill Country. Peak blooms will likely be a bit earlier than usual, so they should be expected early to mid April.
If you decide to venture out, make sure that you are following federal, state and local directives to limit the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone must do their part to ensure that society can return to normal as soon as possible.
Keep safe and healthy, and keep all of your families , friends and fellow citizens in your prayers.

>March 3, 2020 - Early Signs of Spring

The official start of spring is still several weeks away, however, with another unusually warm winter, signs of spring are already here. Trees have started to bloom in central Texas including redbuds and mountain laurels, and there are even bluebonnets blooming along major roadways that tend to be warmer. We are still several weeks from any appreciable displays in fields and pastures. Scouting trips will begin soon, so stay tuned for additional reports.

>January 22, 2020 - Outlook for 2020

The spring of 2020 is likely to be average at best, with perhaps some pockets of nice displays of wildflowers.  Fall rains in 2019 were below average in many parts of the state and widespread drought has returned.  Good fall rains are essential for a good wildflower season.  Stay tuned for additional reports as spring nears.

>Looking Back

Here are some images from previous wildflower seasons to get an idea of what we may expect to see this coming spring.

2014 Texas Wildflower Season:
Edge of Darkness - Texas Hill Country Bluebonnets (4/16/2014) Silver Lining - Texas Hill Country Wildflower Sunset (4/15/2014) Muleshoe Sunset - Bluebonnets at Sunset in the Texas Hill Country (4/15/2014) Bluebonnet Lake - Texas Bluebonnets in the Hill Country (4/15/2014) Bluebonnet Road - Texas Bluebonnets in the Hill Country at Sunrise(4/16/2014) Turkey Bend Sunrise - Texas Bluebonnets in the Hill Country (4/19/2014) All Alone - Texas Bluebonnets in the Hill Country at Sunrise(4/16/2014) Spring Thunderstorm - Texas Wildflowers in Guadalupe County(4/7/2014)

2013 Texas Wildflower Season:
Magic Hour - Bluebonnets at Sunrise in Ellis County (4/21/2013) Engelmann's Daisies - Texas Hill Country Wildflowers in Llano County (5/4/2013) Crimson Sundown - Texas Hill Country Wildflowers in Llano County (5/11/2013) Tournesols - Wild Sunflowers at Sunset in Travis County, Texas (6/19/2013) Florid Meadow - Wildflowers at Sunset in Travis County, Texas (6/12/2013)

2012 Texas Wildflower Season:
Spring Medley - Wildflowers at Sunset in Frio County, Texas (3/14/2012) The Flowers of Floresville - Texas Wildflowers at Sunset in Wilson County, Texas (3/24/2012) Hillside Blues - Bluebonnets at Sunset in the Texas Hill Country (3/31/2012) Wildflower Fiesta - Phlox, bladderpod and bluebonnets in Guadalupe County, Texas (3/24/2012) Cerulean Jewels - Bluebonnets at sunset in the Texas Hill Country, San Saba County (3/30/2012) Alabaster and Gold - Texas Wildflowers, San Saba County (3/24/2012) Rays of the Sun - Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets in Llano County (4/8/2012) Wisps - Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets at Sunset in Llano County (4/6/2012) Llano Uplift - Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets at Sunset in Llano County (4/6/2012)

2010 Texas Wildflower Season:
Moonlight Serenade - Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets at Sunset in Atascosa County (4/6/2010) First Light - Texas Wildflowers at Sunrise in Frio County (4/9/2010) A Perfect Day- Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets at Sunset in Mason County (4/12/2010) God's Blessing - Texas Wildflowers surround a Church in Guadalupe County (4/9/2010) A Break in the Clouds - Texas Wildflowers at sunrise in Llano County (5/2/2010) Bluebonnet Creek - Texas Wildflowers, Bluebonnets line a creek in Mason County (4/25/2010) The Color of Spring - Paintbrush, phlox and prickly poppies bloom in profusion in Atascosa County (4/11/2010) Poppies - Prickly poppies and bluebonnets in the Texas Hill Country (4/12/2010)

Earlier Texas Wildflower Seasons:
Here Comes the Sun - Texas Wildflowers at sunrise in Burnet County (5/30/2007) Wildflowers and Windmill - Texas Wildflowers at dusk in Mason County (5/3/2007) Evening Sun - Bluebonnets bloom on the shores of Lake Travis at sunset (4/28/2007) Pink Clouds - Sunset on late spring wildflowers in Mason county, Texas (5/12/2007) Lake Bardwell Sunset - Spring wildflowers in Ellis county, Texas (4/21/2003)
Texas Wildflowers: Postcards | Notecards | Prints | Books | Bluebonnet Seed

OTHER WILDFLOWER REPORTS


Wildflower Haven - wildflower reports, maps and other useful information
Big Bend Report - wildflower conditions from DesertUSA website
2019 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2019
2018 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2018
2017 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2017
2016 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2016
2015 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2015
2014 Wildflower Report- previous wildflower report from 2014
2013 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2013
2012 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2012
2011 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2011
2010 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2010
2009 Wildflower Report - previous wildflower report from 2009

WILDFLOWER FIELD GUIDES

Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country - Best field guide for identifying wildflowers in the Hill Country
Wildflowers of Texas - Best field guide for state wide wildflower identification
Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide - A great pocket sized field guide, many of my pictures are included
Wildflowers of Houston and Southeast Texas - Good resource for Houston area and east Texas
Wildflowers of the Western Plains: A Field Guide - A good guide for west Texas including Big Bend
Cactus of Texas Field Guide - A great pocket sized guide to Texas cacti, includes some of my pictures

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