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In Search of Texas Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets at Winters Mill Pkwy Photo, Texas, United States

We started our journey in search of bluebonnets in New Braunfels. They had "peaked" there a couple of weeks earlier, so we headed north and west. We saw little patches of bluebonnets and many other wildflowers as we drove along RR12. At the intersection of FM3237 and Winters Mill Pkwy, near Wimberley, we happened across our first field of bluebonnets. It was my husband's first time to see such a site, and he thought it was spectacular.

We continued up RR12, through Dripping Springs, still seeing pockets of bluebonnets and many other wildflowers along the way. We went west on RR3238, stopped at the Driftwood Estate Winery and McReynolds Winery as we went. RR3238 became RR962, and the bluebonnets became more prolific after crossing US281 at Round Mountain. We made several stop for photos on RR962 between US281 and TX71. Unbelievable hills and fields and valleys filled with bluebonnets, with sprinklings of Wine Cups, Indian Blankets, Indian Paintbrush, and lots more that we had fun looking up in our wildflower books. We found Celestials and Wild Garlic, Coreopsis and pink evening Primrose. And huge purple fields of Verbena. Lots of Verbena!

We headed up TX71, gaping at the beautiful fields but with nowhere to pull over. We detoured to visit the Lost Creek Vineyard, where we got some fun bluebonnet pictures in their vineyard. We were all hungry by that time, so we headed to Llano for some BBQ. Once full, we headed back home TX71 to US 281 to TX 46 -- but the best flowers were definitely on RR962 and TX71 near Llano. What a marvelous day!

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