Here Comes Summer!

 

It’s sometimes frustrating, but true: none of us can be in more than one place at a time. This past weekend I discovered that, while I was prowling our Piney Woods looking for orchids and other east Texas delights, the prairies have been busy exchanging spring for summer.

Heading west rather than east, I found sunflowers, bee balm, and prairie parsley in full flower, while bee blossom (Gaura lindheimeri), snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata), and an assortment of morning glories  and mallows are beginning to appear.

A few of our so-called Texas bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum) now are blooming in both the San Bernard and Brazoria Wildlife Refuges. Also known as prairie gentian, the flowers generally are purple or lavender, although small colonies of white ones exist both on Galveston Island and in the Brazoria refuge.

Masses of blooms appear to be a week or two down the road, but I’m more than willing to wait for the chance to enjoy this favorite flower.

 

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A Cooling Touch

Even bluebells dress in summer white

I’ve never seen a truly blue Texas bluebell (Eustoma exaltatum), although I have found the flower, also known as the showy prairie gentian, dressed in pale lavender, purple, and white. Often, the colors will combine in a single flower.

When I recently discovered a small group of white bluebells on a hot and steamy Texas afternoon, I couldn’t help smiling. Even in the heat, the flowers seemed crisp, cool, and elegant: the very opposite of their human admirer.

 

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