AUSTIN, Texas — It may not be spring quite yet, but wildflowers are already starting to bloom in parts of Central Texas.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center said Monday that by Feb. 1, a few flowers could be found on bluebonnets, Mexican plum, Texas mountain laurel and golden groundsel at the center. And bluebonnets and greenthread have also started popping up on roadsides in the area.
The center's director of horticulture, Andrea DeLong-Amaya, said she expects iconic flowers like bluebonnets to steadily continue coloring the center leading into the peak of their season, which is typically toward the end of March and early April.
Center experts said they are predicting an overall good season for Texas wildflowers. The warmer temperatures and average rainfall we've seen since the start of the year is "likely to result in a standard but not superior show of blooms," the center said. But they also noted that even an average wildflower season is worthy of repeat trips outdoors and that wildflowers can often surprise us.
"Getting out to see the wildflowers is like voting,” DeLong-Amaya said. “Do it early and do it often! Our springs are rich and long enough for several phases – the suite of flowers you see unfolding at any given time, spring through summer, will provide a new experience."
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