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Be glad in the Lord and rejoice! Psalm 32:11



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Snapshot - Springtime in Texas

It's springtime in Texas!  With our blessed recent rains, the wildflowers are popping up everywhere! 

Yesterday I saw Indian Paintbrush, black-eyed susans, buttercups, thistles and, of course, bluebonnets peeking their heads up.

Now, everyone is always raving about Texas bluebonnets - and yes, they are more than gorgeous, especially this year.  But my favorite springtime wildflower in Texas could be classified, I suppose, as more of a weed.  It's called buffalo clover, and this year, it is just rampant in the fields and byways here in my little piece of Texas!


Buffalo Clover, also known as Lindheimer's Milkvetch (it's Latin name is Astragalus lindheimeri), is actually a small pea plant and it lives up to its name in that it smells just like grape Kool-aid, or to me, grape Jolly Rancher candies.

I have found memories as young girl finding these flowers in the park at the end of my street, and just sitting on the rocks inhaling the sweet scent as I talked to my friends.  Nice memories!

While we were running errands last week, my sweet husband Don pulled over and picked me a bouquet of my favorite little week - it smelled like grape-heaven in the car for the rest of the day!



Hope Springtime is pretty-ing up real nice for you too this year!


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15 comments:

Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous said...

It's not a weed...it's a volunteer! Sometimes the "weeds" are the prettiest flowers!

Kay said...

Ah, Sharon, aren't the wildflowers beautiful this year?? Do you know what the one I showed on my post, the purple one is? Of course the bluebonnets (and they are my favorites), but so many others. We've been so parched and there were almost none last year - wildflowers I mean - extra special this year. Praying for more rain. Our lakes are just beginning to recover. Without lots more, it will be a very restrictive summer I fear.

Trish said...

I think pulled-from-the-roadside flowers are the best! Especially when they're purple, my favorite color ;)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I do enjoy flowers...and the wildflowers remind me of Sunday drives in the springtime. Indian Paintbrush was one of my mother's favorites.

The purple ones are my favorites.

Thanks for sharing.

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Susan Lindquist said...

So beautiful and much larger than the purple cow vetch that grows in the fields in New England! I used to pick cow vetch and buttercup for my Mom! What a nice memory you've given me with these snaps! Thanks!

Bookzilla said...

The Texas wildflowers are especially beautiful this year, aren't they? I was up past Fredericksburg and Sonora (northwest of San Antonio) and they were everywhere. More bluebonnets than anything else, but a lot of buttercups and some sort of purple flower too. Makes all the heat and sun worth it! :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Such a pretty sight!

Kaye said...

What a beautiful color!

Alyce said...

I don't think I've ever seen those before, but I would love to smell them someday! :)

Mary (Bookfan) said...

They do remind me a bit of Jolly Ranchers :) Don is a keeper!

Eva @View from the Hillside said...

Lovely looking wild flowers!
I hope you keep getting some rain this spring.

bermudaonion said...

How pretty! I want to see some now so I can smell them.

Cathy said...

You know what they say: A weed is only a flower that's in the wrong place!

gautami tripathy said...

Enjoyed looking at the photographs!

Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

Louise said...

A field of that must look wonderful!