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Wild Flowers

By: GardenGrrl , 12:25 AM GMT on May 20, 2013

Here is the conclusion to the Austin trip. The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
President Lyndon Johnson's wife Ladybird, loved wildflowers.
She was concerned that even back in the 1970's, Texas wildflowers were becoming scarce.
It is through her work and the work of her center that Texas highways are lined with bluebonnets and what were nearly extinct native wildflowers.

So here are a few pictures from the collection at the Wildflower Center.

This is typical of Texas Hill Country meadows in spring.

This is not so typical, it is inside the center gardens.

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (GardenGrrl)
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center (GardenGrrl)
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

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35. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:04 AM GMT on June 01, 2013
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34. plapman
1:15 PM GMT on May 31, 2013
Good morning GardenGrrl.
Yes, it's summer at the Northern Edge, but I wish the sun would shine.
It seems that with the climate change late May and June have become the rainy season.
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33. Ylee
6:55 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
GG, check out ebay, and see if they have a replacement anemometer for your station.(Or Rainman, for that matter!) If not, a new weather station may be in order!

Good luck!
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32. BriarCraft
6:11 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
I read over at Sandi's place that you've got some new roses to plant as soon as it stops raining. I hope they do well for you. I planted three miniature roses back in March. They are healthy-looking and I've been watching a flower bud for a couple of weeks now, thinking "Tomorrow it will open" and it doesn't. One of these days, if the sun ever shows it's face around here.

And I read somewhere else (or I'm hallucinating) that mice have been munching your drip system. I had a similar problem with my dishwasher. Years ago, I had a cat who loved to hunt, but she was orphaned before her momma taught her what to do with her catches. So one day while I was at work, she brought in a rat and turned it loose unharmed. Before I managed to trap it, it gnawed into the dishwasher water line to get something to drink. I would hate for you to encourage rodents to come around, but if they are coming around anyway, maybe the best solution would be to set out a pan of water for them, so they can get a drink without destroying your drip system.
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31. clearlakemike
5:05 PM GMT on May 30, 2013
Fantastic! I didn't realize the Texas wildflowers had become endangered during that period also. Lady Bird to the rescue!! During her time as First Lady she did so much also to beautify the roadways of Washington D.C. (where I am originally from.) Being partnered with a Texan I know all about the importance of those bluebonnets! LOL And the Texas Hill Country...

Great photos!!
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30. GardenGrrl
10:01 AM GMT on May 29, 2013
GOOOOOooooooddddd Mooooooooooooorning, it's really windy outside.

I need to fix my wind meter so it's not such a surprise when I step out the door. Granted my weather station is about eight years old, everything else works so I don't want to buy a new one just to replace the anemometer. My station is an off brand from walmart so it would be hard to find one that transmits on the same frequency to replace it.

Hi Calpoppy, that is a neat variety. They are such cool flowers to begin with. If I were more bio-scientifically inclined that would be a great flower to play with. Around here in various places you can see small stands or entire fields of gaillardia. Almost looks like the love child of a pentas and coneflower ;)

Hi Sandi, oh yes you touched on a subject that I feel strongly about. What is with these people that decide something grew too big and turn it loose outside to die or fend for itself? They knew it had the potential grow quite large. Did they think their incompetent approach to life would kill the animal before it grew too big? Grrrrr.
That really is one of the worst forms of animal abuse because it affects so many other innocent creatures.
Okay rant finished.
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29. sandiquiz
8:27 AM GMT on May 29, 2013
The little turtle looks like the terrapins that were popular pets here in the 80's.
Problems arose when these little things grew and folk didn't want them any more, so they threw them into ponds and streams. They survived and became a problem for our own ecology, so much so that there had to be a cull in the late 90's, before they got out of hand. They do not belong here, and were beginning to decimate the stream population.

A similar thing happened with the American Mink, which was brought here to breed when the fur trade was still in action, then hundreds were released by activists in the liberal 70's. and they began to breed out in the wild, killing our local weasels, stoats and voles.
Now there is a cull on them in Scotland, as they are killing grouse chicks. Again, they don't belong here.

Your long week? Hope it is soon over, today is Wednesday:)
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28. calpoppy
1:52 PM GMT on May 28, 2013
Hi GG! Here is one of many gaillardia hybrids.

They have always done well 'naturalizing' in the nursery! It would be something to see them out in the wild though!

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27. GardenGrrl
10:34 AM GMT on May 28, 2013
Hi Rob, hard to say they didn't give us copies. Not to worry, it's my long work week but when I get a day off it will be sorted out. So you getting all the raptors over your way? They are really fun to watch.
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26. RobDaHood
4:58 PM GMT on May 27, 2013
Hmmm...did they make you sign anything saying that you would not give copies of your photos to a friend who never agreed not to post them?

Silly thing really.

Anyway, the raptors have been ranting here this weekend. Nice to watch. Hope you are having a good day.
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25. GardenGrrl
10:17 AM GMT on May 27, 2013
Happy Memorial Day!

Whew time is flying this morning. Have to run out the door in a few minutes.

Hi Sandi, thanks for taking the time to peck out a one handed message. Hope it closes up quick without stiffness.

Hi Tony, no I could not imagine playing chicken with airplanes even if it is choreographed. Must be exciting to watch though.

Hi WTS, have not had bees at the feeder we get wasps and ants. That said I shall be expecting bees soon ;)

Hi Briar, yep that's the one. I guess under the educational part they should include; "How not to do a fundraiser". I have a bunch of stuff sitting around the house that is on their wish list like autoclaves etc. (Used to be a tattoo artist.) If they had played fair I would have become a supporter. Now they just picked a fight.

Karen, that little guy is adorable! Remember when they used to sell those everywhere when we were kids. Then came the salmonella from turtle shells scare that got them off the market. Sometimes salmonella is a good thing. Gosh that's a cute little guy, I love baby turtles...and puppies and kitties... :)

Hi Calpoppy, now that is some garden security. The peacocks will never find their way inside to eat your indoor herb garden ;) Well, not unless Tag or Tess let them in.

Hi Shore, that is a neat flower variation. Nature does some cool stuff. You definitely have me interested in all the different lizards. When I was 10 I wanted to be a herpetologist and work with reptiles so caught, studied, released everything I could get my hands on. Wonder if they are mutated sports or imports from peoples boats?
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24. shoreacres
11:59 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Gosh. Like the others, I can understand if they don't want you selling photos commercially, etc. etc. but if those are the ground rules, they need to be RIGHT UP FRONT with the info. It seems as though it would be counterproductive to irritate people, but what do I know?

I love the firewheel you posted. I happened across this photo of a red and white variant on Steve Schwartzman's site. Notice that the yellow is there, just at the tips. There's some discussion about it all in the comments. Like Karen's friend's turtle, it's another example of "you never know" when it comes to nature. We have to keep our eyes open!

My latest curiosity is one of a gazillion lizards around my place. We've got green, black, brown and mottled ones, striped ones and ones that look like concrete. We've got green and brown anoles, and who knows what else. They range from about 2" to 6", and of course they run like heck when anyone makes a move.

Except for one brown lizard, about 4" long, with a red stripe. He never moves when I come by, and will let me walk right up to him - well, within a few inches. I can't figure out why one lizard doesn't seem at all nervous. Maybe I knew him in a prior life. ;-)
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23. calpoppy
9:55 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Hi GG! I have been by a few times but had no time to chat. I have to say that I like the pic with the yuccas and wildflowers, reminds of my area when the wildflowers bloom.

The wildlife rescue center by where I work has the same requirements for photos. One of the reasons I have not gone. We will have to drive up to the place that Oregonbirdofprey volunteers at, maybe their rules are different.

I think I have finally gotten my garden secured.

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22. SBKaren
9:04 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Hi GG,

Love you photos of all the flowers, and the one with the bee is especially good! I caught a bee on one of my poppies last year. Think I loaded it up here, not sure.

We've seen turtles at our local nature center. It's actually in Long Beach, but we can ride our bikes up there. We did that earlier this year. I also went with the boys a couple of years ago. I know I posted pictures then...it'll take too much to find them. I think you know what a turtle looks like.

However, a friend of mine on Facebook was walking around town (she lives here too) and look what she found!!!

I told her I never find anything like that on my walks! And we cross paths sometimes!!!!
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21. BriarCraft
8:12 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Is this the Raptor Center you visited? I can understand photo restrictions about "no flash", also nothing for commercial use if they have photos for sale, but non-commercial use? Not fair. What a rip-off after you paid good money! I do hope you and spouse enjoyed your time there, regardless.
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20. WatchinTheSky
7:11 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
Pay to go then pay to show?? That's just not right:( Hope you get it worked out, can't wait to see the birds!
Dewpoint, I'll send you some of my bees!! They are trying to chase away the hummingbirds.
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19. plapman
12:32 PM GMT on May 26, 2013
God morning GardenGrrl.
The really bad thing about the dead batteries is that I had brought an extra set and left them in the bag in the car.
The show was great though.
Part of the show they do a head on with 2 jets coming together and flip sideways as they pass. I saw to TV one time that they only 10 feet apart as they pass. I thought that they had taken that out of the routine after touching wing tips in a show in Ontario and both pilots died but they did the thing again but you could see they were much further apart. It must be quite a feeling to see another plane coming at you at close to 1200 mph.
Have a great day.
BTW your photos are great as usual and keep snapping them.
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18. sandiquiz
11:02 AM GMT on May 26, 2013
Well, blow me!!

Why get folk to sign up to a photo shoot and then not allow you to show what you took!!! Sounds "Double Dutch" to me!!!!

Never mind, I have a vivid imagination, so I can imagine how 'stellar' they are :)

PS - typing with one hand is slow work!! lol
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17. GardenGrrl
10:20 AM GMT on May 26, 2013
Yesterday I was quite excited to get up before sunrise and drive for awhile to a Raptor Center that was having a photo shoot of the birds.

We arrived and they had paper work. The usual, don't sue them if you fall in the pond or get bit...
What was not made clear before we pre-registered and paid a few days earlier was that we had to sign a contract not post ANY pictures commercial or non-commercial on the internet in any form if we wanted to do the shoot that morning.

Well, already paid, already up and travelled so went ahead and took pictures. I have a bunch of stellar shots of screech owls, falcons etc. Just can't post them until I jump through a bunch of hoops with these bandits. Grrrrrrr.

Hi Briar, I didn't know we could do the type and find thing. Or maybe I looked awhile back and decided it was quicker to drag to somewhere within a 100 miles of here on the WU map. Funny how people look at directions differently. Going to have to try that ;)

Hi Dewpoint, thanks. Went and looked at some of your shots. Wow, pretty flowers. The whole vanishing bee thing is alarming. I try to keep my yard as organic as possible to encourage them to visit. Can't control what other people do though.
Thanks for dropping by my blog porch :)
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16. dewpoint
11:29 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
Hi GardenGrrl! Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing them. I honestly can't pick a favorite one. I do like that you also captured a little bee in your hummingbird photo. It's good to see that there are bees somewhere. I have yet to see a honey bee this spring here in NC. Two days ago I saw two bumble bees, but that's it. :-(
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15. BriarCraft
11:16 PM GMT on May 25, 2013
We're supposed to move the pointer on the photo map? I never figured that out. I just type in the location and click "find".

I noticed over at Sandi's place that you're out on a raptor shoot. That means photos are going to appear soon!!! BBL

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14. GardenGrrl
1:10 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
Here's a black chinned hummer in my yard.

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13. GardenGrrl
1:07 AM GMT on May 25, 2013
Lol, actually Briar, the Buchanan Dam is just me being lazy trying to move the pointer to the correct area in Texas. You know how after we upload photos we have to put where we are by moving the world map to match your town to the pointer. Usually I hit Paradise, Tx and call it good enough because I like the name.
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12. BriarCraft
9:12 PM GMT on May 24, 2013
I see your latest photo over in the sidebar (nice one!) is from Buchanan Dam. Have you been on another field trip? Hope so!
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11. GardenGrrl
2:04 PM GMT on May 23, 2013
Hi Prose,How cool you got to meet Ladybird. Did not know she also beautified Washington. The people who see a grey landscape and spread color across it are truly gifts to the world.
Nice rose. It is so hard to get the color right when shooting the light flowers. Even harder to get definition. Beautiful shot.
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10. Proserpina
1:39 PM GMT on May 23, 2013
I for one loved Ladybird and her strength. I also love the way she beautified DC and my region with all of the Spring blooms. Heck, she beautified America with her love of flowers and example.
To brag a little... I met Ladybird and Pres Johnson when my husband was invited to the Rose Garden reception for the Italian Minister (I wish I could remember his name). Yup, Pres J had a badly scarred face from probably teenage acne. Anyone remember when he exposed his belly to show us the scar from his operation?

Actually I came by to leave a rose for you GG:

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9. GardenGrrl
7:24 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
"Good Morning" All, can't believe how late I slept.
We got an inch and 1/8th of rain from the scary system yesterday. My yard looks really happy this afternoon.

Remember how I planted dill for black swallow tail butterflies last year? The stuff re-seeded everywhere.
Have pulled a lot and left a small forest in the center of the garden. Swallow tail caterpillars had been feasting a few weeks earlier. Lately there are many more black swallow tails than usual. Hooray!!!

Hi Sandi, Oh the Chelsea Flower Show. What a wonderful, amazing event. I sooo need to win the lotto so I can get there. The palms in that picture are actually native Yuccas. That has become a bit of a catch all term for low palm like drought tolerant plants that poke people who get too close. Think a slender leaf cactus disguised as a tropical.

Hi SP, when has being on topic ever been a problem here? If it is interesting or funny it's on topic;)
Turtles are cool and very photogenic. Maybe I'll add a few more. Bats are also really cool and great mosquito hunters.

Hi mbaily, thanks for taking the time to comment. It really makes my day to get complements on my photos.

Hi WTS, I may have to do a photo blog of all the turtles of taken pictures of. The cardinal is a common female cardinal. Most people just take picts of the showy red males.

Hi Ylee, glad we both missed the big stuff. My big fun this week will be finishing the garden plantings for the summer. After May, really can't plant, just maintain what's already planted. Have two mail order rose bushes set to show up this week. One is called a "climbing pinkie" a near thornless climbing rose with small leaves and pink fragrant flowers. The other is a miniature bush called "Rainbows End" that has red, yellow and white flowers. Fun.
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8. Ylee
1:55 PM GMT on May 22, 2013
Glad the storms passed you by; nothing much happened here, either! Have any fun plans for this week?
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7. WatchinTheSky
4:03 AM GMT on May 22, 2013
Ok, the choir singing, but cool photo of basking sliders! Course, nice bird photo - northern cardinal? Waxwing?
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6. mbailey
6:49 PM GMT on May 21, 2013
Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing
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5. sp34n119w
5:05 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
I'm with shore - love the turtles :)
Though I missed my chance to be on topic (?) - did you know that one in every four mammal species is a bat? I recently learned, or maybe re-learned, that. [Here ends the random factoid presentation]
Oh, and, hello! Hope the wind goes easy on you :)
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4. sandiquiz
4:04 PM GMT on May 20, 2013
I love that second photo... it could be an exhibit at Chelsea.

It is the 100th Anniversary of the Chelsea Flower Show, held each year in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital.

Some of the show gardens this year are wild meadow gardens... but your photo with the palms in it is such a contradiction!
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3. GardenGrrl
10:25 AM GMT on May 20, 2013
Good Morning, it seems my wind gauge is not working. It shows "0" so it was quite a surprise to step out with Roxie to be blown halfway up the block. Okay kidding there, but it is really windy. This means it's going to be really really windy when the sun comes up.

Hi Shore, yep turtles are cool. Took close to twenty pictures of these guys. They are at the entrance to the center.

Hi Linda, isn't it amazing what someone with money can accomplish that can affect us all? So glad she decided to use her powers for good.

Okay running a bit behind so off I go.
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2. BriarCraft
7:55 AM GMT on May 20, 2013
I recall some people scoffed at Ladybird Johnson's efforts. In addition to saving Texas wildflowers, she also launched a campaign to limit highway billboards. More wildflowers. Fewer billboards. I appreciate that every time I take a road trip -- so much nicer to see those blue highway signs telling you what facilities are at the next exit instead of ugly billboards blocking the nice views.

Your turtles closely resemble our Western Painted Turtle, except that the Texas version has that classy red racing stripe.

The wildflower center, as well as the Texas Hill Country meadow, are really special in the variety of colors and textures. All up and down the west coast, when I've seen meadows of wildflowers, they've been just one color.
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1. shoreacres
12:35 AM GMT on May 20, 2013
I like the turtles the best! I mean - the flowers are lovely and all, and the bee's cute and the cardinal makes me happy, but - those turtles! One thing I've come to appreciate is how many great wildflower photographers there are in Texas. I think I gave you the link to Portraits of Wildflowers. Another site I really like (since I haven't sprung the $$$ for a book yet) is Gary Regner's. He has galleries of flowers, by color. I like that. It's a lot easy to start the search to identify if you can say, "OK. Here's a yellow flower. Let's look at all the yellows." ;-)
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