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October 4, 2006

Texan Beauty!

Filed under: General — Hema @ 3:57 pm

What starts with a B and is a native Texan?

Bush, yes. But, we are not talking about people here. Let me reframe my question.

What starts with a B, is beautiful and is a native Texan?

The State flower of Texas – BLUE BONNETS! (Scientific name: Lupinus texensis)


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This is my entry to the Flower Fest – The A – Z of Flowers hosted by Manisha.  I am a day late and I hope my entry can squeeze into the final round-up.Blue bonnets start blooming in early spring and blankets of these wild flowers can be seen throughout central and south Texas from late March to early May. It is named for its blue color and the resemblence of its petals to a woman’s sunbonnet (worn as head coverings during the 18th century). They typically grow about 1 feet tall.



Seen below are pictures taken by a fellow-student Tim,  at the Pickle research campus at Austin,TX in spring 2003. Come March-April and there is a rage of colours all around the campus – blues, reds, yellows – a magnificent treat for the eyes!!!



Photos courtesy: Tim Whiteaker



  1. These pictures are gorgeous!

    (you kinda scared me with the first answer 🙂 )

    Comment by vasilisa — October 5, 2006 @ 12:42 am

  2. Really beautiful!
    If B for beautiful.
    B for blue
    And B for Blue bonnets
    Than definately these pictures are beautiful.

    It would be so good to see such a Blanket of Blue bonnets from Balcony. 🙂

    Comment by Paavani — October 5, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

  3. bbbbbbbbbbbbeautiful ‘B’

    Comment by veggiedelight — October 5, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  4. Hema, the round-up has been posted and N&M has included your lovely Blue Bonnets! Thank you so much for participating with this beauty! Love the blue carpet!

    Comment by Manisha — October 5, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  5. They look beautiful

    Comment by Priya S&S — October 5, 2006 @ 7:25 pm

  6. Lovely pictures.. great entry

    Comment by prema — October 5, 2006 @ 11:30 pm

  7. Looks like a carpet, awesome pic!

    Comment by Shankari — October 7, 2006 @ 11:56 am

  8. Beautiful flowers , Hema!! I was waiting for my blue bells to flower, it’s too late now!!:)

    Comment by Asha — October 9, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  9. Beautiful pictures Hema!
    We lived in Houston for about 3 years and visited Austin and hill country during blue bonnet season. I remember my trips to Lady B Johnson gardens and state capitol and how interstates turn to blue, pink and white with these colorful flowers during late spring. Gorgeous!

    Comment by Indira — October 9, 2006 @ 5:05 pm

  10. Beautiful pictures.I love them.

    Comment by radhika — October 10, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  11. I love Blue bonnets and have visited lot of wild flower places around Austin. Pickle Research center has a beautiful spread and i visited it very often since my hubby worked there. Reminds me of my Austin days.

    Comment by Usha — October 12, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

  12. exotic! and a sparkling shade of blue! Hope to see “c” soon!

    Comment by sree — October 15, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

  13. a beautiful spread of flowers. I’ve got a few we took a few years back in wildflower center. Just curious, do u live around austin ?

    Comment by Suganya — October 16, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  14. @ Manisha,
    Thank you so very much for hosting such a wonderful event. It was a lot of fun. I will try to comeback with another alphabet soon!

    Thanks, I was hoping someone would get a kick out of the first answer:)

    @ paavani, Jayshree, Priya, Prema, Shankari, Asha, Indira, Radhika, Sree
    Thanks, They are really pretty flowers.

    @ Usha
    You have been to PRC too? How nice. Thanks for your comment.

    @ Suganya
    I would love to see your pics too. I went to school at UT Austin. I moved to Florida right after these pictures were taken in 2003.

    Comment by Hema — October 16, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  15. I love Bluebonnets… we love to go to bluebonnet trails. Nice pics

    Comment by Krithika — October 18, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

  16. I landed on your website when i searched for some veg food from Mahanandi.
    BTW i am in Austin too, Do keep in touch.

    see you around.

    Comment by Vidhya — October 26, 2006 @ 5:55 pm

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