National Wildflower Week

May 6, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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This week, the second week in May, is National Wildflower Week.  First started back in the 1960’s by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson as part of her highway beautification program.  Lady Bird wanted the highways and roads of America to be pleasant to look at, and part of that was planting roadside wildflowers native to whatever part of the country the road is in.  Mrs. Johnson is quoted as saying “wildflowers give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”  Wildflowers are more than just pretty to look at, they help in conserving water, cut down on mowing costs and upkeep beside roadways and help with erosion of soil, you can visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here for more information.  I’ve always loved the wildflowers here in Oklahoma, the red Indian Blanket flowers, wild daisies, lilies and black eyed Susans. Let’s take a look at these wildflower photos and notice the ones beside the road on your next drive. Enjoy!!!

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An old mule plow in a field of Texas Bluebonnets. 

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Wildflowers and mountains in Yellowstone National Park. 

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Wild lilies and an old barn in Oklahoma.  ( via )

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Golden Poppies in California. 

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Oklahoma’s beautiful Indian Blanket wildflowers.  ( via )

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Wild Lupine growing in Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming. 

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A beautiful patch of yellow wildflowers on the Oklahoma prairie.  ( via )

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Lady Bird Johnson in June 1987 at the introduction of her new book Wildflowers of America

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Indian Blanket and Blue Bonnets in the Hill Country of Texas. 

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A grouping of Colorado wildflowers near Ridgeway, CO.

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Wasatch Wildflowers near the Utah-Idaho border. 

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A field of daisies surround an old barn. 

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Blue Columbine wildflowers in Southwest Colorado. 

Unless otherwise noted, all images are courtesy of Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments

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