Friday, May 11, 2012

Summer is Yellow

You can tell when spring ends and summer begins in Texas by the color of the flowers (well, the temperature is also a sign). In early spring, we are carpeted in acres of bluebonnets, a cool color. As things heat up,  the bluebonnets and bluebells fade away and the yellows predominate: asters, daisies, sunflowers, wood sorrel, prickly pear, and more. There is also an abundance of white flowers, from the lowly wild onions to the Cherokee Rose and tiny baby's breath. But white and yellow, with the occasional orange or pink thrown in, don't pop from the landscape like blue does. From a distance, a field may look mostly "flowerless", when it actually harbors thousands of yellow and white blossoms. Driving on the highway, you miss the little flowers, only seeing random stands of sunflowers or daisies. But bees and butterflies have no problem finding these hidden flowers (I love wildflower honey!). Maybe we should all take time to slow down and see what's blooming underfoot.


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