Bluebonnets & Indian Paintbrushes ~ Then comes the Texas heat!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Thank you Belinda Spillman for hosting the challenge Show Us Your Summer Blooms and Crops...

It’s fun seeing all the green thumbs that have posted their gorgeous flowers and gardens in this contest. Growing up we maintained a very large garden in upstate New York and I can’t tell you how many hours I spent shelling peas, picking corn, lettuce, beans, asparagus, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, water melon....you name it!

I loved the little purple violets, tulips, crocus, daffodils, iris, daises and forsythia bushes that popped out at the first sign of spring. Closely followed we enjoyed the gorgeous peony bushes, tiger lilies, lilac trees, azaleas and rhododendron bushes with their large purple corsage size blooms!

I’ve lived in different parts of the country but moved to Austin in 1981. I soon learned the flowers and visual spring medley of blooms I grew up with were not grown in our hot temperatures and the soil was definitely not conducive!

No more bouquets of peonies until my Geno discovered where he could buy a bouquet for me. No more gardens as I love the Farmers Markets we have year round. I don’t have the time or inclination in our climate to try and replicate what our local farmers do so well.

Thanks to Lady Bird Johnson, spring means our highways and hills are lined and covered with Blue Bonnets and Indian Paint Brushes! Then comes the Texas heat!!

Our neighborhood HOA has created lovely entrances into each section with plants that do well in our climate with minimal water. I learned to appreciate and enjoy the blooming plants native to Austin. There is beauty everywhere you look …you just have to view with a different perception!

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Joe Pryor
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Love the bluebonnets and the rest of your pictures look great and my Mom loved peonies.

Aug 07, 2017 01:57 PM #3
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Dorie that is a beautiful view of all those bluebonnets.

By the way I also moved to the town I live in, in 1981 :)

Aug 07, 2017 02:23 PM #4
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Beth Atalay
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Hi Dorie, beautiful picture of bluebonnets. Love the color purple.

Aug 07, 2017 02:38 PM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That field of Bluebonnets is gorgeous, Dorie!  We don't have many growing in our area.

Aug 07, 2017 04:02 PM #6
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Kathy Streib
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Dorie- you have made this Texas gal homesick for my fields of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes!  I miss the Azaleas and Dogwoods that we'd see around Houston as well. 

Aug 07, 2017 06:30 PM #7
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Pretty Texas flowers, Dorie. I can almost tell they are from Texas, they have that look.

Aug 07, 2017 06:42 PM #8
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Lauren Williams, CPO
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Dorie Dillard The bluebonnets remind me a little of Virginia Bluebells, one of my favorites.

Aug 07, 2017 07:38 PM #9
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Dorie

The wildflowers in bloom are beautiful . . . . in Austin Texas.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 07, 2017 08:15 PM #10
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James Dray
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Good morning Dorie.

One sees beauty while others can't see beauty in anything.  Open your eyes and see the wonderful things, that you've been missing.

Aug 08, 2017 02:51 AM #11
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Dorie ---great photos --- you're right about finding beauty in what exists around us and not trying to necessariliy replicate the pastor other places.

Aug 08, 2017 05:20 AM #12
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Thank you very much for sharing your photographs.

Keep cool and have an outstanding week.

Aug 08, 2017 05:34 AM #13
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I am a fellow peonie fan. I have a few in my yard, but wish they would bloom more than once. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong? Add that to the list of things to research LOL! Lovely photos of Texas bluebonnets. I had no idea it would be so colorful there. 

Aug 08, 2017 07:16 AM #14
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Dorie, what an upbeat post! The genuine enthusiasm you display for whatever you  behold around you is infectious, gotta say! I didn't know about Belinda's contest (life's been hectic away from AR as-of-late). Where in upstate NY? I was born and spent my first 12 years in Boston, NY, outside of Buffalo....very small town! 

 

Aug 08, 2017 07:55 AM #15
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Different climates have different eye candy....I enjoyed seeing the colorful eye fulls !

Aug 08, 2017 08:39 AM #16
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I really like the way you've answered Belinda Spillman's challenge with showing the beauty of Texas Dorie Dillard 

Aug 08, 2017 10:20 AM #17
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Hi Dorie, 

I remember my childhood days in the Houston area and the bluebonnets are something to behold. I like how your Canyon Creek area provides nice color variations to the entrances to your subdivision. 

Aug 08, 2017 01:18 PM #18
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Sharon Tara
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Gorgeous photos Dorie! I've never had much luck at gardening but I do appreciate the beauty!

Aug 09, 2017 05:13 AM #19
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Texas landscaping, especially with the onset of Spring is always exciting. Your photos are just beautiful, Dorie!

Aug 09, 2017 06:35 AM #20
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I love traveling in spring, just to see all the beautiful roadside blooms. Lovely pics, Dorie.

Aug 10, 2017 12:38 PM #21
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Dorie,

Great pictures! I love seeing all these beautiful summer flowers and plants:)  Thanks for sharing! 

Aug 15, 2017 11:05 PM #22
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