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Texas in the Springtime
by Dave in Texas
It gets goofy here. Normally the bad weather week is middle of March, when the kids are on spring break.
Not so this year. We had a freaky snowstorm last weekend, 6 inches of the bad wet stuff. This weekend we had thunderstorms and tornados.
That’s called “normal”.
I haven’t seen a “white” Easter in my life. Probably won’t ever see one again. The weather dude said last time it snowed in central Texas was 1928, but that’s one of those things you can just say and who the hell is going to challenge you on it?
Anyway the snow’s gone now, and the weather is lovely. And my favorite thing about spring in Texas are the flowers.
Shut up you dork dudes. Just shut up.
We had lots of rain, and it shows. Trees, grass, weeds, and wildflowers. Including the bluebonnet, our state flower.
Personally I would have declared the dandelion or Johnson grass our state flower, there’s a hell of a lot more of them than bluebonnets.
Still, bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are all over fields and along the highways, and they look lovely.
17. Does the State of Texas actually seed the roadways and highways with bluebonnet seeds?
1. Yes they do. One of the few things they spend money on that I endorse. That and schools. It’s not terribly expensive, and it is quite pretty.
The bluebonnet is our official state flower. The mockingbird is our official state bird. I don’t know why states need these things but apparently they do. I am reliably informed the state bird of Louisiana is the mosquito.
Some of those suckers are way bigger than a mockingbird.
Many Texas parents will take their kids out on a day like today, and plop them down in the flowers and take cute pictures.
Be careful moms and dads. There are other things in Texas fields in the springtime, and they don’t like surprises.