Hardworking bees are on the scene of the Tye Preston Memorial Library’s (TPML) first bluebonnet of the season, according to librarians.
They anticipate a “gorgeous bloom to look forward to this spring.”
Exactly when or where that might occur is a hot topic.
According to the popular Texas Wildflower Report’s (TWR) Facebook page, “there’s a warm-up and then a cool down and another a warm-up and another cool down coming now until March. At this point, I would be more surprised if we didn’t have at least an average season.”
Bluebonnets usually bloom in the hill country the first three weeks in April.
TWR will issue a “Texas Wildflowers and Solar Eclipse Report” in March.
While some eastern parts of Comal and Hays counties fall outside of the path of totality, the eclipse in Comal Cunty will be a deep partial with a magnitude of 99.77%.
The new guide will highlight routes in the path of the eclipse and provide links to resources about how to view and/or photograph the eclipse.
An ebook, “Hunting Texas Wildflowers: 2024 Edition” also is planned.
The most popular times to view wildflowers in Texas are the months of March, April, May and June, TWR said.
According to its website, wildflowerhaven.com, if temperatures and rainfall amounts are just right, bluebonnets will start to bloom in late February to early March.
However, only a small percentage of bluebonnets bloom before mid-March. The peak of the bluebonnet season is between the last week in March through the end of April.