Bluebonnets, coreoposis, red and blue sage–who knew it was February in San Antonio, Texas? Recent Texas rains have drenched our drought-parched landscape, but Nature seems bent on making it up to us.
A recent walk on San Antonio’s Mission Reach, the nine-mile linear park that extends from the south part of downtown San Antonio all the easy to Mission Espada, revealed bounties of budding wildflowers, awaiting slightly warmer temperatures and doses of daily sunshine to put out full blooms. After the 2011 historic drought, it’s heartening. The butterflies will follow shortly, as will the birds who find their caterpillar life stage a favorite treat. Not far behind are other returning critters–raccoons, opossums, nutria, even foxes and coyotes eventually.
For a quick preview of what’s coming later this spring, see the slideshow above. For insights on the complex collaboration of planners, scientists, engineers and specialist contractors tapped to set the stage for these blooms, see my story at The Rivard Report.