Spring Flowers make the heart soar. All over the US people are getting dirt on their hands and knees as they spruce up their gardens. Whether they are pots on an apartment balcony rail or a sculptured border along the sidewalk and under the trees, surrounding our little plot of America with color and beauty refreshes us after a long cold winter. But, if you really want to feel exhilarated, head out on the road and see how Mother Nature decorates!
Top Three Spring Flower Places to See
One of the best known places to view wildflowers is in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio and Austin. Nicknamed the “Wildflower State”, Texas wildflowers are now cultivated by conservationists and the Highway department thanks campaigns by the late Lady Byrd Johnson. The Texan country roads lead to field blanketed in bluebonnets with splashes of red from Indian paint brushes and yellows from field daisies. Travel Blue Bonnet Trail, otherwise known as Highway 281 westward towards Fredericksburg and veer off onto some of the lesser known roads to get the best views.
The Great Smoky Mountains burst into color every spring. Songs have been written about them. Called the “Wildflower National Park”, the mountainous preserve boasts over 1500 species of flowers that pop out each spring. Columbine, violets, bleeding hearts, lady slipper orchids and more decorate the landscape in splashes of beauty. The park rangers host a guided Wildflower Pilgrimage during the spring that is more than worth the trek.
Of course the nation’s capital is known for the cherry blossoms that grace the banks of the Potomac River. A gift from Japan in 1912, 3,000 trees were planted in and around the national monuments and reflection ponds of Washington D.C. People from all over the world travel to take pictures and wander along the shaded paths decked out in shades of white and pink. Of course, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held in early April, tops off the season.
Other Spring Flower Places
Three other places that are popular are the tulips in Skagit Valley, Washington state. In April, tulip fests are held in honor of the ribbons of color that deck out the farms in the area.
Antelope Valley in California is known for its poppies that bloom between March and May. Not just red ones, but yellow and orange ones decorate the fields.
In Arizona, just east of Phoenix, Superstition Mountain explodes in wildflowers in the Spring. Mohave cacti and Mexican poppies are the most popular blooms.