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Bluebonnet preview

While spring may technically not be here just yet, members of the Ennis Garden Club and those who specialize in knowing when the bluebonnets will make their appearance are speculating as to the crop of beautiful blooms the community will see.
Despite needing many days worth of rain and after last year’s disappointing showing, some think the Texas wildflower may make a significant appearance in time for this year’s Bluebonnet Trails Festival.
Ennis Garden Club secretary and co-chair of the festival Gail Scott said from early detection, things are looking good for this year.
"Compared to last year I think we are looking at having a lot of bluebonnets," she said. "Even though a little rain is needed to make them grow a little faster, the 80 degree days and warmer temperatures are helping them along."
Scott said the bumper crop of bluebonnets the community saw two years ago only comes around once every 20 years but she is hopeful that this season will be plentiful. She plans to investigate the trails with other members of the garden club in the upcoming weeks.
"I know that on Sugar Ridge we are expecting a pretty good showing and from some of the other areas I’ve seen things are looking good for this year," Scott said. "We will be touring the various trails in the next few weeks to check on all of the areas we send visitors to see the flowers, but we are encouraged so far by what we’ve seen."
Another bluebonnet aficionado, Doug Dickinson said that from what he has seen on his property this year will yield a good crop of flowers.
"I think that if things keep going as well as they are now, we will come close to the crop of two years ago," he said. "The plants are still small but they are growing and that is a good sign."
Dickinson said the preparation he does in the fall of the year helps the flowers bloom in the spring. He also sites a rainy fall as the main reason the flowers have such a good spring showing.
"It is important to cut the flowers at the right time in the fall of the year so the seeds can germinate properly," he said. "A wet fall helps the seeds grow solid roots that will allow more flowers to bloom in the spring. I try to do what I can to help the seeds get spread out in the fall and leave the flowers alone after that, they seem to do alright on their own."
Dickinson allows visitors to come see the flowers on his property and enjoys seeing the families, especially the kids that come for the childhood rite of passage of posing in the flowers for a photo.
While there were some bluebonnets last year, most visitors have pictures with other wildflowers that were in abundance. Scott said that helped the visitors be less disappointed with the bluebonnet showing.
"The other wild flowers helped make a disappointing situation a little less so last year and we are hoping to have a great showing of bluebonnets to help bring them back this year," Scott said.
For an update on bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers visit www.dot.state.tx.us or call the TxDot wild flower hotline at 1-800-452-9292.

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