Bring on the blankets of bluebonnet.

By Nicole Bradley

To say it's been a long winter is an understatement, and nothing makes us more thrilled than seeing flowers—both wild and homegrown—peek up out of the soil at the first sign of sunny weather and warm(er) temps. Things are looking bright this year, especially for Texas: Scientists are predicting that the state's wildflower bloom will be the biggest and most beautiful it's been in a decade.

So, why do professionals predict that Texas wildflowers will be so prominent this spring? The Texas Wildflower Report states that it mainly has to do with the heavy rainfall that regions of Texas experienced last year. So heavy, in fact, that it broke records. According to the National Weather Service, a record 29.1 inches of rain fell between September and November of last year. All this rain, particularly in October, made the perfect germination setup for bluebonnets—the state's signature wildflower.

Better Homes & Gardens Editor-in-Chief Stephen Orr caught a glimpse of the action this past weekend. Stephen says he was in Texas on the early side of the time of bloom. If they're looking like this now, we can only imagine what's to come this year.

Professionals want to make it clear that these are solely predictions based on past years’ data, rather than a forecast of what will happen this spring. There are still a few factors that could change the outcome, like overcast skies and damp weather.

Whether it's roadside or countryside, Texans are stoked about this year's prediction. Bluebonnet is the Texas state flower, after all.


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