With our beloved state flower beginning to blossom all over our property, it’s time to talk about bluebonnets and why we love them! At Cedar Lodge Texas, we truly believe that when bluebonnets start to sprout up and shine, it’s one of the best times to visit Texas Hill Country. Having said all that, we understand that some guests aren’t as familiar with our gorgeous flower as us.
Here’s what you need to know about Texas bluebonnets
-The state of Texas designated the bluebonnet as the state flower in 1901.
-Ironically, not all bluebonnets are actually blue. There are maroon bluebonnets as well that roam the Texas countryside.
-Our love for these beautiful flowers has extended beyond the reach of the plants themselves. Texas has also assigned an official city (Ennis), trail (Ennis), and festival (Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival).
-Lady Bird Johnson made an effort to beautify the United States highways in Texas in the Highway Beautification Act. This encouraged people to plant native foliage along the Texas highways, bluebonnets being the main choice.
Why We Love This Iconic Flower
Adds to the allure of Hill Country
When bluebonnet season is in full swing, there are not too many places in the world that can match its beauty. Especially being situated right next to Lake Buchanan, the pairing of the shining blue lake with the vibrant blue flowers is hard to replicate. It almost looks as if there is a sea of plant-life swaying back and forth in the breeze.
Creates excitement for those visiting
Without this special flower, there is a lot that would be missing in our neck of the woods. Even though the flower isn’t in bloom year-round, the excitement that fills the air this time of the year is palpable. One of our favorite events of the year is the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet. Taking place every second during the second week of April, this festival brings family and friends together for great entertainment and activities. From live bands, all you can eat pancakes, and an energetic parade, there is something for everyone.
If you haven’t had the chance to experience this special time of the year, we encourage you to do so! You’ll be able to make memories that’ll last a lifetime and have fun doing it.