Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bluebonnets, Daffodils, & Tulips: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Spring - Sentimental Sunday

The prompt for Week 14 of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History is Spring:

What was spring like where and when you grew up? 

Spring is my favorite season! For me the harbinger of spring has always been flowers blooming.  In Houston, where I grew up, I remember lots of azaleas everywhere.  I also remember my grandparents stopping along a highway in the spring to let my siblings and I play in the bluebonnets.  My step-grandfather took home movies of us and there's a scene of us briefly playing in bluebonnets in late April, 1965, when I was eight.

I worked at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park from April 1977 through March 1979. It's at one end of the La Bahía Road Bluebonnet Trail in Washington County, one of the most prolific areas in Texas for the state flower.  If I remember correctly, in either 1977 or 1979, the bluebonnets were blooming early at the park, on March 2, Texas Independence Day.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, April 1978
Me with the dogs, Corpus Christi, Texas, March 1984
I lived in Corpus Christi from April 1979 through mid-October, 1984, and the photo above right was taken in the I-37 median with my ex-husband's female Belgian Sheepdog, Keena (on the left), and two of her puppies, Texas and Ranger.

Then we moved to Washington State.  I remember arriving there on November 1, 1984, and feeling SO depressed because all it did was rain the first couple weeks I was there.  But then I got a Christmas sales job at the local mall, and it snowed around Thanksgiving, and come springtime, we went biking in the Skagit Valley, where acres and acres of daffodil and (later) tulip bulbs were in bloom.
Daffodils in the Skagit Valley of Washington state, mid-1980s.
Roozengaarde, Mount Vernon, Washington, 1990s
West Shore Acres, Mount Vernon, WA, 1990s

For the following 21 years, I tried to get up to the Skagit Valley in springtime whenever I could, to visit display gardens of the owners of those blub farms at Roozengaarde (Washington Bulb Company) and West Shore Acres.

Anytime I was lucky enough to be in Texas in the spring (March 1995 and April 1999), I'd find some bluebonnets. I moved back home in January 2006, and have been lucky enough to see them every year on my way to and from work since 2007. The photo at right was taken in April 2007 at the Rocking MJ Ranch Bed & Breakfast near Canyon Lake.

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  2. I lived in Fort Worth in the early 80's and I was truly amazed with the Blue Bonnets in the spring. What I loved was that they were planted Or growing in the divider on some of the interstates.

  3. Claudia, Texas has had a wildflower program for a long time, even longer than I thought. Sharn, thank you for the award, and thank you both for stopping by!

  4. I have a plan to someday visit Texas in the spring so that I can get a good look at all the bluebonnets in person!

  5. You always have the best photos. Not many bluebonnets down my way this year, so it's great to see yours.

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  7. Thank you, Rootdigger, for the award! Claudia, you should definitely come visit! Amy, head out to Washington County, not too far from you and they always have the best bluebonnets. Thanks to all three of you for visiting my blog!

  8. I was so disappointed in the bluebonnets and wildflowers this year! I expected to see more to and from Austin last week, but did not. I don't think we got enough rain this year.

  9. They weren't as good this year, for sure, especially from Austin northward. I think not just because of lack of rain, but also that extreme cold in February. Maybe next year...