Wildflowers – A Haibun

Wildflowers

The Full Moon of May is known as Flower Moon to signify the flowers that bloom during this month.  It makes me think of Texas wildflowers.  The beautiful gifts of nature that come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

I lived in Dallas, Texas for 14 years and will never forget the miles and miles of brightly colored wildflowers that would grow along the side of the highways and in fields.  It was a sight difficult to describe to anyone who had not seen it for themselves.  It was as if nature had laid down a multi-colored wall to wall carpet stretching for miles.   You would see Indian Blanket, Pink Ladies, Black Eyed Susan, Indian Paintbrush. Mexican Hat, Milkweed, Texas Bluebonnet, Blackfoot Daisy and many more.

The Texas wildflowers was as inspiration of Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of President Lyndon Johnson. Both were nature-loving Texans.  Johnson’s crowning achievement was the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, or “Lady Bird’s Bill,” which not only promoted the planting of wildflowers and other fauna along the growing Interstate Highway System but also limited billboard advertisements and other roadside eyesores such as junkyards.  To this day, Springtime in Texas is a magnificent sight.  The flower fields have become popular settings for family photographs and weddings.

Texas Bluebonnets
Black-eyed Susan and Milkweed
Colorful carpet 
 
 
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Frank Tassone is hosting Haibun Monday at D'Verse Poets and has prompted us
to write a haibun about The Flower Moon of May.

  33 comments for “Wildflowers – A Haibun

  1. May 30, 2021 at 11:17 am

    I have not see such wildflowers in Texas, but some of them I recognize from other places… those flowers must be breathtaking especially since I guess it can be rather colorless and dry later in the season.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 30, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      Yes, you’d be right about that! The flowers follow winter where everything is pretty blah! Then in the summer it’s quite burnt from the heat 😅

  2. May 27, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    This is so beautiful–prose and haiku!
    It paints Dallas in such a different light than my memories there. I lived there as a child in a suburban neighborhood. I don’t remember fields of wildflowers–just lots of dry grass. 😀 And I so did not fit in there.

  3. May 25, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    Wow those are amazing. I’m a little breathless.
    hey Christine, if it’s not too much to ask, here’s the link to post a review and rating for the book on goodreads.
    i hope you are well.

  4. May 25, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    This is a fascinating write, and many flower names I hadn’t come across before. What a fabulous experience that must be to drive along those roads. Great Haibun.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 7:49 pm

      Thank you! Yes the names of the flowers are poetic ☺️

  5. May 25, 2021 at 10:56 am

    Sounds spectacular!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much. It really is! ☺️🌺

  6. May 25, 2021 at 8:46 am

    A beautiful scene! I’ve heard that the highways in Canada are also delightfully wild.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      How lovely! I do love nature’s beauty ☺️🌺

  7. May 25, 2021 at 6:35 am

    I had never heard of Texas wildflowers until now, but now I really want to see them for myself!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      They are quite magnificent ☺️🌺

  8. May 25, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Wonderful prose, with really excellent colorful haiku Christine! The pic was top shlf 👍

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks Rob. I’m happy you enjoyed it ☺️🌺

  9. May 24, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I love the listing of all of these wildflower names. Even though I don’t know all these flowers, I love the sounds of their names. Interesting bit of history about Ladybird Johnson too. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 25, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Thank you. Yes the names are pretty too ☺️🌺 Yes Lady Bird Johnson did a wonderful thing. It is a magnificent sight in Spring

  10. May 24, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Must be a sight to behold.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      It is so pretty ☺️💕 🌺

      • May 24, 2021 at 11:51 pm

        💖💗🥰

  11. May 24, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    I love this Christine! The flowers along the highway are wonderful. We have them here as well, planted in long strips of the median. So beautiful. A colorful carpet indeed!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Dwight. Yes aren’t they beautiful?

      • May 24, 2021 at 9:34 pm

        Gorgeous!!

  12. May 24, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    A floriliscious delight!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      Thank you Frank ☺️

  13. May 24, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Wow! Stunning!!!!!
    Thankyou for sharing 🙂💜

    • Christine Bolton
      May 24, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Aww, thank you Jen. PS Were you watching the Jays and the Rays games the last 4 nights?
      Pretty exciting ☺️👍 (For the Rays anyway! Sorry)

      • May 24, 2021 at 8:32 pm

        Unfortunately I was listening. LOL I want the Jays to win of course. BUT my second pick would be the Rays! Looking forward to the Championship Game between us 🤞😊
        Lisa Coleman is a Major follower of the Rays too.

      • Christine Bolton
        May 24, 2021 at 9:04 pm

        Yes I knows she is. I just thought of you because I remember last year when they were in the race for the division ☺️ Love the Rays 💕

      • May 24, 2021 at 9:32 pm

        Hopefully again this year! <– optimist

      • May 24, 2021 at 9:34 pm

        😊

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