It’s not your imagination. Wildflowers are starting to pop up in Central Texas even with this cold snap.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center released its predictions for the season on Wednesday and said it began seeing bluebonnets, golden groundsel, Mexican plum blossoms and Texas mountain laurel blooms as early as Feb. 1 on its grounds. Greenthread and bluebonnets also have been spotted along roadsides.
While wildflowers are not out in full force, yet, they are out earlier than typical, the center says.
A recent run of warmer weather is the reason that the blooms have come early, however, Wednesday into Thursday’s colder weather might stall the blooms temporarily until the warmer weather returns.
Prime bluebonnet season is the end of March into early April.
The center predicts a good season for wildflowers, but not a spectacular one, because of two factors: a rainfall deficit in the second half of 2019 followed by typical rainfall in January. It’s also been a warmer than usual winter, and we haven’t had a lot of hard freezes to delay or harm blooms.
On the Wildflower Center’s Texas page, wildflower.org/texas, you can find scenic drives to go on in the next two months. Around the Hill Country, the center recommends the Willow City Loop, which is driving north from Texas 16 in Fredericksburg for 13 miles, then going east on RM 1323 for three miles, then turn left onto Willow City Loop before returning to Texas 16 and Fredericksburg.