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Rain showers needed for local spring flowers

By ADVOCATE STAFF REPORT
Dec. 27, 2010 at 6:27 a.m.

Springtime wildflowers could be sparse if winter showers don't bring relief for the parched plants.

"If we continue to have really, really dry conditions here on out, then it will severely affect the quantity and quality of what we'll see out there as far as wildflowers are concerned," said Myrna Hassfield, president of the DeWitt County Wildflower Association. "We've got to have some rain, and we've got to have some sunlight behind it to make them pop out."

Hassfield said bluebonnet seedlings are already visible, but it's still too early to predict how springtime crops will fare.

"It's all up to Mother Nature," she said. "But I don't think we weren't in a dry enough situation yet for us to say that we're going to have a bad year."

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