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Five Reasons to Love Spring

By Mark D. Roberts | Monday, April 5, 2010

In my adult years, I have come to enjoy flowers. When I lived in Irvine, I would always plant flowers at about this time of year: Impatiens, Begonias, etc.  Things are different now. My yard in Texas is considerably more natural and unkempt. And flower gardens tend to become a buffet for the deer. So I’m not much into planting flowers.

But the good news is that they just come up wild, all over my yard. We’ve had a lot of rain this year, so the wildflowers are having a field day (so to speak). This weekend I counted over a dozen different varieties of flowers. I thought I’d share five examples with you, five wonderful reasons to love Spring.

Fringed Puccoon


Stemless Evening Primrose

Agarita (watch out for those leaves!)


God’s artistry continues to amaze me.

Topics: Nature |

3 Responses to “Five Reasons to Love Spring”

  1. Thomas Buck Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Very cool. How’d do find out what they are? Through your hiking activities?


  2. Mark D. Roberts Says:
    April 5th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Tom: Yes, hiking helps. But I have a couple of wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country books that I study when I find a new flower. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what something is. And it’s always possible that I’ve got it wrong. But, mostly, the books have great pictures and descriptions, so I can make the identifications.

  3. J.Falconer Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Rev. Mark Roberts & Family, Thanks for all your cheerful contributions-artwork & photographs–yours & the family. Sometimes work, bills & the concrete jungles of America’s cities & suburbia–roads, subways, planes etc. crowd out some of nature’s finest beauty in the wildflowers–the flora & fauna is interesting in different environments in America & elsewhere==Texas fields, central Ca. beaches & Florida, deserts, etc. Thanks for sharing & also the children’s contributions-Nathan’s photos & Kara’s joyous celebration of Easter in youth. Thanks also for your warm writings & humorous insights. Best Regards to Linda, Kara, Nathan & your mom in California We also remember your father in laws tribute. Thanks for your kind encouraging words-they are much remembered & appreciated especially for the times we’re in Jan & family


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