If you ask most, the time they think of wildflowers is in the spring, when the beautiful bluebonnets first make their appearance and seem to paint entire swaths of landscape with their deep color. But every year I am stunned that just when I think the show is over, it is really just beginning for many wildflowers that bloom in Central Texas. And it is only in mid-May when the colors really come out and change, change and change again over the weeks.
I have my septic field planted in wildflowers and I find in mid-May, suddenly the entire area erupts in fierce patches of oranges, yellows and reds. Mexican hat, Engleman’s daisy, and Indian blanket compete for who can give the best show. This year they have been joined by some standing cypress that are stunning and stately, stretching tall above all others in the back.
Some red poppies have been popping up here and there- some with a white edging. And mysteriously, an amazing, ghostly lavender poppy.
Texas yellow star, plains coreopsis, prairie coneflower and lemon mint tangle together. I love the layers of whirled purple flowers on the lemon mint, also called horsemint and lemon beebalm (monarda citriodora)
And when you look close, you can find some pearl milkweed- a lovely vine with tiny green star flowers that have a itty bitty pearl in the center of each one.
If you can find a place to plant in wildflower seeds, where you don’t mind it being a bit unkempt for much of the year, I highly recommend it. The show is unbeatable and different every time you go out to see it. Remember, fall is the best time to seed wildflowers in Central Texas.