Wildflower fiesta at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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May 11, 2020
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Bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and other early wildflowers bloomed in solitude this spring at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which closed in mid-March due to the pandemic and Austin’s shelter-in-place order. Happily, the gardens reopened last weekend to members, who must reserve in advance a specific arrival time on the website. I grabbed a Saturday morning time slot, got my mask and camera ready, and arrived bright and early on reopening day.

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Oh, how I’d missed this place! The late spring wildflowers like purple coneflower, firewheel, and thistle look glorious. So I’m going to let the flowers do the talking in this post. Enjoy!

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Purple coneflower and a limestone and glass sculpture
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Paleleaf yucca
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Trumpet creeper
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Purple coneflower
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Giant coneflower
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Thistle
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Spineless prickly pear and nolina
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Confetti meadow
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Standing cypress
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American basket flower
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Firewheel and thistle meadow
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Firewheel
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Giant hesperaloe in bloom with agave and yucca
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Cholla
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Manfreda bloom spikes
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Cardinal in flight
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Pale purple coneflower
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Firewheel meadow with agave and yucca
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Firewheel with prickly pear and yucca
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Thistle and firewheel
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Grassy savanna
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Thistle
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Firewheel meadow
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Brown-eyed Susan
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Purple coneflower
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I’ll end with the entry kiosk and its wildflowery green roof, and a masked visitor as a sign of the times.

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