The garden receives attention at this time of year that it does not receive at any other time.
It is not because of the blooms on the yuccas. And it is not because of the cactus or the bright yellow blooms of four nerve daisies. It is all because of the bluebonnets.
The bluebonnets make the difference. Is there anyone in Texas that does not love bluebonnets? Passersby that never comment about my garden will comment about the bluebonnets. Cars creep by so the occupants can get a good look. Mothers sit their children on the curb in front of the bluebonnets to take their picture.
I said this before and I believe it is true: having a familiar and beloved flower in my garden, like the bluebonnet,helps to bring about more acceptance of my lawnless landscape.
I think the bluebonnets are the main reason I found this sign in my front garden last week. My garden was actually selected for the neighborhood Garden of the Month award! I never thought that would happen. I even nominated my garden last year at the peak of the fall bloom. There were more flowers blooming then, but no bluebonnets.
I have a few bluebonnets blooming around my bottle bush in the back garden. I think I may start calling the bottle bush a bottle bluebonnet instead. In fact, I will label it a bottle bluebonnet for the upcoming tour.