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Just your run-of-the-mill spring wildflowers in Texas

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The yellow flowers are Texas groundsel, Senecio ampullaceus. The magenta, red, and even white are a species of Phlox. I felt compelled to stop for this scene along TX 71 east of Bastrop on March 6th.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 8, 2020 at 4:38 AM

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  1. It is that time.

    automatic gardener

    March 8, 2020 at 7:10 AM

  2. Oh wow, that’s pretty!


    March 8, 2020 at 7:21 AM

  3. Thank you for the bright flower carpet this Sunday morning, Steve! It’s truly a delight to see.

    Peter Klopp

    March 8, 2020 at 8:44 AM

    • Stopping was worth our while. None of the many other drivers did so, at least not during the 20 minutes we stayed there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 8, 2020 at 8:51 AM

  4. Yes. Yawn. Just so everyday boring. 🙂


    March 8, 2020 at 8:50 AM

  5. Thank you for the morning flowers! It’s 29 degrees here this morning, although it will warm up into the 40s later.

    Lavinia Ross

    March 8, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    • Freezes are likely behind us now in central Texas. Unseasonably cool weather in February may have delayed some of our wildflowers, which are beginning to appear in larger numbers now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 8, 2020 at 10:27 AM

  6. What a visual treat.. I’ve shared this in a tweet 🙂

    Ms. Liz

    March 8, 2020 at 12:45 PM

  7. Gorgeous, thanks for stopping😀


    March 8, 2020 at 2:26 PM

    • We’d seen a couple of other areas not quite as good, and I didn’t stop. This one couldn’t be bypassed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 8, 2020 at 5:21 PM

  8. I do enjoy this color combination. Lucky you to come across it, and lucky us that you stopped. Methinks I see a few bits of blue(bonnet) in there, too. And could that tiny splash of white be a token toadflax? Whatever the ‘extras,’ it’s a charming photo.


    March 8, 2020 at 9:35 PM

    • We’d passed a couple of other similar displays along TX 71, neither of which was as dense as what you see here. I hesitated about those; I hit the brakes for this one. You’re right that a few middling bluebonnets were mixed in. When I glimpsed the bit of white from a distance I couldn’t tell what it was; a closer look showed it was white phlox.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2020 at 4:32 AM

  9. Seurat was here.

    Michael Scandling

    March 9, 2020 at 1:16 AM

    • What a coincidence: just minutes ago I was reading an article about memes, and it gave as an example the “Kilroy was here” that was so popular in World War II. No mention of Seurat in that article, but quite appropriate here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2020 at 4:28 AM

  10. I love these multi-colored potpourris, Steve. A feast for the eyes.


    March 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM

    • Feast away: these views are anything but pourris (literally ‘rotten, spoiled’).

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 9, 2020 at 6:03 PM

      • In that case, I apologize for choosing the wrong word for what is, indeed, anything BUT rotten!


        March 9, 2020 at 6:06 PM

        • Not to worry: it’s not clear how a ‘rotten pot’ came to mean what it does. Here’s what Merriam-Webster says: “In 1599, lexicographer John Minsheu wanted to know ‘from whence or why they call it olla podrida.’ Good question. No one is sure why the Spanish used a term that means “rotten pot” to name a tasty stew, but there has been plenty of speculation on the subject. One theory holds that the name developed because the long, slow cooking process required to make the stew was compared to the process of rotting, but there’s no definitive evidence to support that idea. It is more certain that both French and English speakers borrowed olla podrida and later adapted the term for other mixtures whose content was as varied as the stew. The French also translated olla podrida as pot pourri, an expression English speakers adapted to potpourri.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 9, 2020 at 8:12 PM

  11. Run of the mill beauty! 🙂


    March 15, 2020 at 2:52 AM

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