Texas' favorite wildflower is in full bloom. Yes, it's bluebonnet time in North Texas.
This is the time of year when more passersby comment about my garden or, rather, the bluebonnets. Everyone loves bluebonnets.
From this angle, it almost looks like my entire front yard is full of bluebonnets. If only that was the case.
When I stand up, it is clear that there are very few bluebonnets growing in the main portion of the garden.
They are growing primarily in the parkway between the street and sidewalk where there is less competition from other plants, no mulch, and better drainage.
The parkway is packed with bluebonnets. So many that they are blocking the flagstone pathways that I created to get visitors from the street to the sidewalk. Another reason I added this flagstone was so neighborhood mothers would have a place to plop their children when they take pictures of them in the bluebonnets. In the past, I have seen mothers place their children on the curb or in thin spots in the bluebonnets so they could take pictures of their children. The flagstones will give the children a little more space to sit.
Bluebonnets are not too picky about where they grow as long as they get a lot of sun and good drainage. For me, they grow best in the decomposed granite in the parkway. They will even grow in cracks in the sidewalk.
They also grow in my decomposed granite pathways.
But no matter how many seeds I throw in the main part of the garden, very few grow in the soil. Maybe next year.