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My, my, my … the 2012 Texas Bluebonnet season was an interesting one. There were parts of Texas that were still in extreme drought conditions and, therefore, produced some ho-hum fields; and other parts of Texas that received much-needed moisture and produced once-in-a-lifetime Texas Bluebonnet fields.
So, with that being said, the question on everyone’s mind at this time of the year is “What will the 2013 Texas Bluebonnet season bring?”
Well, folks, we don’t like to make predictions and that’s not the purpose of our website, BUT … we’re going to go out on a limb this year and predict this is going to be one “loosey-goosey” kind of bluebonnet season!
We have had reports all year long of Texas Bluebonnets blooming at the most unusual times. Our own mother had bluebonnets blooming in her yard in JULY! Yes, folks, we said July. We have never heard such a thing!
We also think it’s going to be another early season for the bluebonnets. In fact, Brenham already had its first Texas Bluebonnet bloom on January 4th, making front-page headlines. If we remember correctly, their first bloom didn’t pop until mid-January last year so this one is even earlier than last year’s early season. Also, the Weather Channel has released its 3-month forecast and they’re predicting warmer than average temperatures for Texas in both February and March. Now, we haven’t always found the Weather Channel’s forecasts to be all that reliable, but mercy if they hit the target this time.
We’ve contacted both Ennis and Brenham and both towns are telling us that they have gotten some rain, there are plants on the ground, and they, too, think it will be an early season. But as we all know with Mother Nature, and especially Mother Nature in Texas, she can throw us a curve ball every now and then. If we get another cold spell, that can push back the bluebonnet’s blooming date. If there’s a lot of rain and warm weather in February, then the grasses will be competing with the bluebonnets and might overshadow them so they’re hard to see. We just never know. It’s going to be a crap shot, folks.
Our advice to y’all:
- Keep your eyes on the ground and watch for rosettes. Take note of where you see a thick blanket of them and let us know. That will definitely be a field to keep an eye on.
- Go check on your favorite fields. Are there rosettes? Does the blanket seem average, above average, or non-existent. Letting us know this type of information is just as important as telling us where fields are blooming. There’s no point in people driving to a favorite field if it’s ho-hum this season.
- If you’re from out of state and you’re trying to make travel plans, our best advice to you is to stay as flexible as you can for as long as you can — especially if the only reason you are coming to Texas is to see the bluebonnets. If this season is going to be super early, they could start popping the end of February or the beginning of March. But if a cold front comes along it could push the blooming date back to a more normal time period of mid-March.
- And last but not least, check back with us frequently beginning mid-February. There are lots of ways to stay in contact with us — right here on our website, subscribing to us via email, and following us on either Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
A Word of Caution
For anyone who saw or heard about our 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Field of Dreams — Mach Road in Ennis — the biggest question on all of our minds is whether lightning strikes twice. LOL!
Folks, the Mach Road field was an absolute once-in-a-lifetime Texas Bluebonnet field. We think for everyone’s psychological and spiritual well-being, we all need to ratchet down our expectations for this field for the 2013 season.
Here’s our personal opinion — and mind you we ain’t no flower scientist and what not — we’ve just spent a lot of time around Texas Bluebonnets. We think that field might have blown its seed bank.
And here’s why. That field was nothing but red dirt for the last several years. In fact, the owner never knew she had bluebonnets on that field. We think the drought stressed the seed coats of any bluebonnet seeds that had been lying dormant in that field for the last several years. And once Ennis got some rain and some snowfall last year, those Texas Bluebonnet seeds let loose. And the result? One-hundred acres of nothing but straight up Texas Bluebonnets.
Now, keep in mind, that field was the product of seeds that were laid down in that dirt over a long period of time. We’re talking several years, maybe even decades, of bluebonnet seasons. It’s hard for a bluebonnet field to lay down that many seeds in one season and have them all germinate the next. Texas Bluebonnet seeds aren’t made that way. They’re made to germinate several years down the road.
It’s kinda like shooting off firecrackers. You can either shoot off a few firecrackers at a time and enjoy them for an extended period of time, or you can just light the whole dang brick all at once and go out in a blaze of glory.
We think Mach Road lit the whole dang brick.
BUT … we have absolutely no problem with being wrong. None what so ever. In fact, we hope Mother Nature just runs right over us, kicks us in the teeth, and gives the entire state of Texas the most bo-DAY-cious bluebonnet season ever! In fact, we hope she makes us liars in front of God and everybody.
Here’s hoping Mother Nature kicks us to the curb! : )