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Walking Through the Ocean Blue

Fields of Blue

Amanda StoffelsOur farm is just outside the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, near Ennis, and every spring for the past seven years we have been honored with the wonderful state flower blooming across our fields. I love spring and the blooming of the blue bonnets has become the symbol of my spring. So far every year we have had an increase in these flowers and my interest in the origins of the flower and how to cultivate them better has increased.  

Blue Bonnets on Earth Day

I have learned many fun facts about bluebonnets in my investigation. Did you know there are at least four species of bluebonnet that grow in Texas? The bluebonnet got its name from its resemblance of a sun bonnet, but has had many different names over the years. Some of my favorites are buffalo clover and wolf flower. Indian lore called the flower a gift from the Great Spirit!

Sea of Blue

I would agree that this flower is a great gift to our farm. They attract native bees for pollinating, not to mention the help they offer to the beehive we just added at our farm. Butterflies are also a big fan of the native bluebonnets, and the flower’s fragrance is such a sweet smell while walking through the fields. The biggest plus for me is the beautiful fields of ocean blue waving in the wind. It is a must that I capture the beauty of these flowers with the innocence of my children.

Running in the flowers

Bluebonnets are very easy to grow in Texas. They are drought resistant and actually like dry soil, which explains why these flowers are spreading across our acres in blue waves. We even have some color varieties that are naturally occurring in patches. One of these colors is pink! Pink bonnets actually have a legend about them that Texas A&M Horticulture site explains. (Check it out here.)

Pink Bonnets

Here are a few resources I checked out while investigating the Texas bluebonnet, maybe you can use them to explore your own native flowers.

http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/trb01

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=LUTE

Wild Flowers

amanda
5/4/2014 3:36:39 PM

NebraskaDave to answer your question we have always grazed the fields after the flowers were done but this year we may be able to harvest the seeds. We have never had this many but hope to continue to cultivate this beautiful Texas symbol. Our cows aren't to fond of the plant so they are happy to see them go. :)


nebraskadave
5/3/2014 9:09:00 AM

Amanda, Wow, fields of blue bonnet flowers. That certainly is a beautiful sight. What happens to those fields after the blooming is done? In Nebraska our state flower is the Golden Rod. Anyone with allergies hates the Golden Rod so to see a field of those flowers, which are quite beautiful as well, does not bring joy in the hearts of too many people. Nebraska has taken to seeding the Interstate road sides with our state flower to the dismay of many of those traveling the roads. I'm pretty sure that Golden Rod is a native flower and grows well without any trouble here in Nebraska. I always liked the wild field of dandelion but most city dwellers do their best to eradicate what they consider a detraction of the beauty of their well groomed lawn. Unfortunately, I comply with the neighborhood to stay in good relationship with the neighbors. Have a great day walking through the ocean of blue with your kids.