Consistent rains may arrive too late for bluebonnets

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on January 9, 2013 at 8:59 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – The expected rains this week may be arriving too late for a spectacular bluebonnet season, however, experts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center say other plants could make up the difference.

“If we keep getting rain like this a lot of the later spring stuff will be great, you know the indian blankets, the pink evening primrose, daisies, a lot of the perennial stuff will be blooming later in the spring and will be just fine,” said Andrea DeLong Amaya, head of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The Wildflower Center has a special section featuring at least five different species of bluebonnets all of which are thriving mainly because of the irrigation system.

DeLong-Amaya added that the expected two to five inches of rain in Central Texas will be beneficial to trees which need at least two inches of water before it reaches deep roots.

Lake Travis was 39 percent full early Tuesday, a number which is expected to change over the next couple of days.

 

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