The bluebonnet became the state flower in 1901 and there are more than one species of bluebonnet so they are all the state flower or state flowers! Bluebonnets make our highways beautiful thanks to the Texas Highway Department. In 1932, the department hired Jac Gubbels to maintain, preserve and encourage wildflowers and other native plants along rights of way. In 1934, the practice began to delay mowing (unless needed for safety) until the spring and early summer wildflowers seasons were over. This practice is still in place and the Texas Department of Transportation buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year.
Historian, Jack Maguire wrote, "It's not only the state flower but also a kind of floral trademark almost as well known to outsiders as cowboy boots and the Stetson hat". He also affirms that "The bluebonnet is to Texas what the shamrock is to Ireland, the cherry blossom to Japan, the lily to France and the tulip to Holland".
As the bluebonnet season comes to a close, be sure and take advantage of viewing these beauties while they last! Make beautiful memories with your family by taking family pictures in a field of bluebonnets. As you view the amazing landscapes, let it inspire you to update your home landscaping. Call the friendly staff at Burroughs Landscaping for all your landscaping needs. They will be able to bring your vision to life!
Burroughs Landscaping offers outstanding service and innovative ideas with landscaping tailored to Xeriscaping in Hill Country Texas. The experienced team enjoys landscaping in Kerrville, Hunt, Ingram, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Bandera, Comfort, San Antonio and Mountain Home. Burroughs works with home owners, builders and general contractors and considers the location, topography, aesthetics, and aspirations of each client.