Plan a Trip to Brenham Texas »Wildflower Watch
We have many people ask, "When's the best time for bluebonnets?" or "Where's the best spot to take pictures?" Well, this is the spot to be checking for that very information! Come here for the latest updates on locations, activity, and more regarding all things wildflowers!
Other websites you might find helpful:
Go to our Wildflower Archives to read our Wildflower Blogs from 2013 and before!
Read our Wildflower DOs & DON'Ts
We know you want to take pictures in the fields lined with colorful flowers, but we want you to be safe. Please follow these guidelines for keeping your family safe during this next season...
- Bring that camera! Washington County has a photo contest every year and the winning entry is made into a postcard with the photographer’s photo credit.
- It is easy to gaze off the road when you are driving to look for those patches of bluebonnets. Select a designated watcher in the car and have the driver keep his/her eyes on the road! Also, when you pull off to see a patch of wildflowers, be very careful of the cars driving past you and keep your eye on the occupants in your automobile. It is easy to get carried away with getting the best camera shot but be sure you don’t wander off into traffic while looking through the viewfinder!
- Keep your eye on small children. We all know how quickly they can dart between cars or out in the street. When you are enjoying or photographing the wildflowers, keep safety in mind for everyone in your party.
- Don’t touch, pet or bother the livestock! This includes horses, cows, goats, sheep, etc. It’s neat when you pull over to a bluebonnet patch and there are wonderful animals on the other side of the fence. All of these animals may bite out of aggression, fear or the prospect of food they think you have! Protect yourself and your children by keeping a safe distance. Also, before you sit in a patch of bluebonnets, check the area where you will be sitting - a mound of ants or a surprised snake will not make a pretty picture.
- Stay off private property. If there is a fence, that is a good indication it is private property. If it is an unfenced field off the road right-of-way, there is still a good chance it is private property. Instead of trespassing, make sure it is permissible when you wander through the bluebonnets. (Many of our attractions feature bluebonnet patches that are good, safe areas for picture taking.)
- Plan ahead! Request a Visitor Guide or call 1-888-BRENHAM. There is a lot to do in Washington County and you will find lodging, restaurants, attractions, shopping, etc. to add to your bluebonnet trip.
2014 Bluebonnet & Wildflower Watch
As you find flowers (all wildflowers, not just bluebonnets!), please share the news with us! We can't be everywhere, so we rely on your help to spread the word. We are on Facebook and welcome updates to our Wall. You can also share with us via Twitter, email, phone (888-BRENHAM), or in person (115 West Main St, Downtown Brenham)! And if you take some great pictures, share them with us in our Flickr group or on our Facebook wall to show others!
March 4, 2014: Over the last week we saw some "townie" bluebonnets pop out and get us excited about Spring, but then the big freeze came! They are iced over, but we're not too worried about the ice impacting them negatively. The next few weeks will be very telling, so be sure to keep your eyes out and check back here often!
February 24, 2014: Last week's sunshine helped a Brenham homeowner's yard full of clover bloom our precious bluebonnets. But that is the only flower activity we've seen so far. As for the countryside, there IS evidence of bluebonnets yet to come. Once we get some more sunshine we should see a lot of activity.
February 7, 2014: Bluebonnets are coming! We've seen evidence of them growing and even had a few peek out early during the warmer spells of December and January. STAY TUNED!