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Local wildflower season looks promising

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Feb. 23, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.

Coreopsis bloom in the Nursery area.

Coreopsis bloom in the Nursery area.

Although Wildflower Month in DeWitt County isn't officially until April, sprigs of color are already beginning to dot the rural landscape.

Designated as the Wildflower Capital of Texas by the State Legislature in 1999, drought conditions have plagued a consistent wildflower season for DeWitt County in recent years.

Myrna Hassfield, president of the DeWitt County Wildflower Association, said she's hearing good reports so far.

"I am starting to hear from property owners that fields that have previously been bare, are now full of bluebonnets," she said. "I hope that will bode well for other varieties of wildflowers as well. I really think we'll have a good year."

"I've heard some experts say they are expecting a banner year because of all the rain," Hassfield. "My expectation is that this could be the best year we've had in the last four years, but we'll have to wait and see what mother nature has in store."

Hassfield said the DeWitt County Wildflower Association will once again plant and maintain the gardens at the county historical museum during Wildflower Month.

"We want visitors to the museum to continue to enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens for as long as we have volunteers willing to plant, water and maintain the gardens," Hassfield said.



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