There’s a lot of pressure that comes with choosing a state flower - for Texas this was no exception. Over a 100 years ago, lawmakers were faced with this decision and there were a few options in the running - the cactus, the cotton boll and the bluebonnet. We all know how the story ends, but what you may not know is that women were actually the only ones in favor of the bluebonnet. It is said that the men only agreed on the bluebonnet to keep the women happy; and we’re delighted they did.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and our state flower is doing its best to live up to those expectations. Technically, we have six because there are several species of bluebonnets. To brag on our great state even further, the two prominent species of bluebonnets are only naturally found in Texas and nowhere else in the world!
Shortly after the bluebonnet became Texas’ state flower, the Texas Department of Transportation noticed that bluebonnets were among the first vegetation to appear along the roadside, so they decided to maintain them. Maintaining the flowers became of importance and the question arose of how we could do even more to protect bluebonnets and share them with people travelling through the lone star state. It’s then that Texas became the first state to plant flowers along state highways. Each year they continue to give back by buying and sowing roughly 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed to keep our roadsides beautiful.
Bluebonnets are even song inspiring, as you would expect from a Texas flower. "Cause like bluebonnets in the spring. We're only here for a little while. It's beautiful and bittersweet. So make the most of every mile. So pack light and love heavy. Give it all your heart and soul. So in the end you won't regret one thing. Life is like bluebonnets in the spring." -Aaron Watson
Spring is in the air, and Texas bluebonnets are in full bloom. We are seeing them in rising numbers this season - and they won’t last long. Join us on a day adventure to discover some of the most picturesque bluebonnet spots in Central Texas. We’ll start with mimosas and bluebonnet facts on the bus, enjoy a picnic lunch and top the day off with a wine tasting. Book here!