The groundhog's 6 weeks are up and it is Spring in Houston. Tree pollen is covering everything causing allergies to flair and creating viral photos of a bayou polluted with streaks of yellow. Our weather will be up and down a few more times before the heat sets in, hopefully the threat of frost is over so all of our newly budded trees and shrubs will continue to flourish and gardens can begin to grow. Native Texans know what Spring is truly about – Bluebonnets! If you have never seen a field covered in our state flower, the next 6 weeks is prime time! Like everything in Texas, we go big for our state flower. The Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill is planned just to offer Texans a chance to take their annual pictures in fields of blue, green and white. The Bluebonnet Festival takes place April9-10th 2018 and comprises all the typical hoopla of a county fair including food vendors, homemade or craft foods and brews, a kids area with petting zoo, and all the handmade crafts a gal could want including soaps, jewelry, quilts, candles and more. Also present are the independent consultants from all you favorite companies including Scentsy and LuLaRoe. Other places to fill your eyes with the wonder of fields covered in Bluebonnets are in Brenham where there is even a dedicated “Wildflower Watch” blog on their Chamber of Commerce page. In Ennis, Texas the local Garden Club keeps tabs on the bloomage. Marble Falls, Kingsland and Burnet round out the list of Texas Magazine’s top 5 places to view Bluebonnets, not only the flower's abundance, but the chance for unique photos with rivers, historic bridges, or abandoned buildings or equipment. Burnet also has it's own Bluebonnet Festival where locals boast that once you’ve been, you’ll make it an annual affair. Regardless of the location you go to experience the wonder of our state flower, there are a few rules to remember – don’t pick them. It is illegal to pick our state flower! Be careful where you trample. Don’t crush them and ruin the fun for those that come after you! Don’t accidently step in a cow patty, or worse a snake! Take photos with care – don’t get photobombed (or be a photobomber)! And ALWAYS make sure you have permission to be on the field where you are admiring the flowers – no trespassing, please, this IS Texas.
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