We never noticed the beauty because we were too busy trying to create it. (Anonymous)
Earth Day is this Sunday, and with incredible wildflowers blooming all around it’s easy to appreciate and marvel in the beauty of the earth. In light of Earth Day, make tiny efforts this month to regain an appreciation for your natural surroundings. Take out our your ear buds when you work out, go for a walk outside and listen to the birds and the rustle of the leaves, connect with the smells and sounds of nature, the beauty of the flowers and the lush greenery.
To enhance your appreciation – and possibly improve your random trivia scores – Here are a few not-so-widely-known facts about some of those Texas wildflowers you will see as you stroll:
- As each flower ages, one of the top petals turns purple-red.
- Looks like a little bonnet when you look at it closely. After it rains, look for a drop of water in each bonnet or bowl-like petal.
- Part of the Legume family
- Looks like a Mexican sombrero
- The tall, finger-like stem growing above the petals turns brown as the flower ages
- Can be used for making dye
- Many species are parasitic, using the roots of other
plants to help them grow
- Often seen in fields with bluebonnets
- Grow in sandy soil
Now, go ahead and fully appreciate these beauties as you pass them on your daily errands and impress your friends with the new knowledge you’ve just acquired!