March 14 through May 31, 2011 are celebrated as Wildflower Days in the Texas Hill Country and Central Texas. Green grasslands and fields are transformed into a shimmering blue as bluebonnets blossom. The road beckons at this time of year; we feel compelled to hop on a bike or drive with the windows open, delighting in spring blooms and the fresh fragrance of spring.
Follow the wildflowers.
Travel itineraries at this time of year tend to be built around what is blooming. A good place to start is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at the University of Texas at Austin. The Gardens are expansive and diverse, showcasing gracious Live Oaks, large Mountain Laurel, and of course meadows full of Central Texas wildflowers. Before you leave, stop by the store to see the current exhibit, Ken Moore Bluebonnets, through May 30. His colorful oil paintings are a nice way to keep bluebonnets forever in bloom on your walls.
After learning a bit about the wildflowers native to Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country, take to the road. Traverse the Texas Hill Country, staying in Bed and Breakfasts from New Braunfels to El Dorado, Marble Falls to Boerne. Then head into Central Texas, over to Brenham and up to Madisonville. Enjoy lodging in a number of Central Texas Bed and Breakfasts and Hill Country Bed and Breakfasts as you go.
Additional information about Texas wildflowers may be found at Wildflowers in the Hill Country.