Why are bluebonnets here early?
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Why are bluebonnets here early?

In Texas, they've been poppin' up like ... wildflowers. Thank last year's drought for that.

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Introduction

As Texans, we know spring is just about here when we spot the first bluebonnet of the year.

Wildflower season typically runs from March through May, but bluebonnets have started to pop up, about a month earlier than usual. And it’s all thanks to the weather.

The drought we experienced last year will actually help our spring flowers, according to Lady Bird Johnson’s Wildflower Center director of horticulture, Andrea DeLong-Amaya.

“Sadly, the heat and drought killed a lot of plants, but the silver lining is that it made more space and reduced the competition in the soil for the spring blooms,” she said.

Rainfall is crucial for the number of blooms, and sunlight and warmth influence the timing. The mild weather we've seen since January's arctic blast is promising, but if cooler weather arrives, the process could slow down. Womp womp.

DeLong-Amaya thinks this year's forecast is looking good, and we'll have a bountiful year of wildflowers. 

So, good news for all you local photographers! Because what's a better backdrop than a sea of bluebonnets?