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Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's a Texas Tradition




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If you haven't ever been to Texas in late March/early April, then you're really missing out. That's about the time that our highways are lined with these beautiful bluebonnets. They are the state flower and we Texans take great pride in them. Bluebonnets are to Texas what shamrocks are to Ireland. A day doesn't go by when you don't see cars parked on the side of the road so families can capture pictures like these. You could say that this Texas tradition was started by Lady Bird Johnson, after her return from Washington, D.C. as First Lady to President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Lady Bird persuaded the government of the State of Texas to seed bluebonnets and other wildflowers along the highways throughout the state. Every spring the flowers return as a legacy of the First Lady.
Here is one website with info. And in case you didn't know, the Aggies have developed a maroon bluebonnet species, oh yes we have! Here is a little more history.

3 comments:

Jen said...

Love the pics! I have failed the mommy rules and never done this with Matthew. :-(

Renee said...

Great pictures! Our blue bonnets haven't appeared yet in our area but I am SO looking forward to them. Have a great week!

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

PRECIOUS!!!! Miss those bluebonnets!!!