April is peak wildflower season in the state of Texas and we’re in luck this year – the blooms are big and beautiful thanks to a wet winter. If you’ve been out on the highways west and north of The Woodlands recently, you’ve probably noticed the gorgeous bluebonnets (the official state flower), Indian paintbrush, primroses and red poppies.
Some of the most beautiful bluebonnet fields can be found along Highway 290 and out towards Brenham. You can also find nice fields close to Houston, in places like Stude Park in The Heights and near the Hermann Park golf course. Closer to home, try Creekside Park and Rob Fleming Park – probably the two best places to see the wildflowers and snap pictures in The Woodlands.
Remember to be cautious when walking into a wildflower field if you just pull over on the side of the highway. Look out for fire ants and even snakes. Be respectful of the flowers and try not to step or sit directly on them and damage the plants. Along the roadside, be sure to hang on tight to little ones, and use extra caution when merging back into traffic.
Take a drive to nearby Fredericksburg and hit the Willow City Loop. This iconic, looping road takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery a Texas April has to offer. If you can make it on a weekday you’ll have a lot less traffic to deal with, but it is worth the trip no matter what day you go. Pop over to Wildseed Farms while you’re out there and enjoy their 200 acres of maintained wildflower fields.
The Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis has been recognized by the state legislature as “the official bluebonnet trail” in Texas and contains some of the most beautiful, natural bluebonnet blossoms around. The Ennis Visitors Bureau maps out the best flowers on the trails each year to ensure visitors get what they came for – beautiful bluebonnets up close and personal. Large groups can even book a guided tour with a garden club expert for a small fee.
Wherever you choose to go, be sure to stop and smell the “wildflowers” this month; they’ll be gone before you know it.