In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold writes:
During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom. In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them…
Tell me of what plant-birthday a man takes notice, and I shall tell you a good deal about his vocation, his hobbies, his hay fever, and the general level of his ecological education.
The buds are bursting in Texas, and I’m doing my best to heed their arrival. To share my enjoyment of the season, I’ve decided to offer a short series of daily posts highlighting some of our local plant-birthdays. I hope you enjoy them, too.
Previously a member of the waterleaf family (the Hydrophyllaceae), the plant known as Texas baby blue eyes (Nemophila phacelioides) has been moved by the taxonomists into the Boraginaceae. Native to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, as well as to Texas, the flowers often are found along woodland edges or stream banks; both characterize Piano Bridge Road outside Schulenburg, Texas, where I found a large, spreading colony of the flowers on March 21.
Their three-month season ends in May, when temperatures begin to rise. Until then, their just slightly frosted petals make a lovely and colorful addition to the countryside.
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