Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wildflowers






As I was uploading these shots I took around town I got to thinking about Lady Bird Johnson and how she loved wildflowers; how she helped establish The Wildflower Center where you can get all sorts of gardening advice as well as help identifying virtually any flower or plant.

Mrs. Johnson would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year and there are many events planned to honor her.



"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
- Lady Bird Johnson


34 comments:

DJan said...

Nice picture of Lady Bird. I love wildflowers too.

Linda said...

Beauteous! And I spelled that one right on only one cup of coffee this morning!

Speaking of wildflowers, the ragweed must be in bloom ... *achoo!* And yes, I know, it's not a flower but still ...

ellen abbott said...

I've been out there to the Wildflower Center. Thanks to her, the state doesn't mow the highways until after things go to seed.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

I so agree with Lady Bird...! Lovely pictures, my dear....
That Video of Pollinization is FANTASTIC!!!

Daryl said...

she really helped beautify Texas .. if only she were still able to weed out the crap .. be gone Rick Perry!

Ron said...

Lovely tribute to both Lady Bird and nature, Dianne!

Beautiful photos!

I took a look at both websites and found them fascinating.

Loved this....

"...As long as wildflowers bloom Lady Bird will live"

The last photo of her that you shared is just lovely. It says so much!

Have a great day, dear lady!

X

LL Cool Joe said...

I haven't heard of Lady Bird Johnson but that is a great photo of her.

It always amazes me just how many wild flowers we get in our garden. The way they seem to be there without being given any attention. Most things, including people, seem to only flourish in the right conditions, but not wild flowers.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! I do agree with Daryl! Lady Bird did make a huge difference in helping to beautify Texas! And, yes, I wish we had someone like her to clean up Texas now by weeding out the crap in Texas -- are you listening, Rick Perry!!!

Happy Elf Mom said...

The blue flowers are EVERYWHERE here beside the highways. Something happened this year though and I don't see the huge bunches and bunches and bunches of sunflowers popping up everywhere. I like the little sunflowers that are around and wild but not the big ones because they look like giant eyeballs and are very scary. :)

Lowell said...

She was quite a lady. Those blue flowers remind me of how, in the spring, Texas gets covered in bluebonnets.

Did you know that LBJ was Jewish? Well, his grandmother was...and he did more for the Jews than any other American president.

Rita said...

I always wondered how something so gorgeous could be considered just a "WEED" in so many peoples way of thinking.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She did some darn good work!

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HermanTurnip said...

My grandmother was a big fan of Lady Bird. She was a Red Cross volunteer, and a first generation Russian immigrant. She worked for the Red Cross for 60 years, never taking a dime from them. One day she was ushered into a small, well-guarded room, and got to sit down with Lady Bird and have a pleasant 10 minute discussion with her, with tea served.

Lemme tell ya, Lady Bird had no bigger fan than my Grandmother.

ds said...

The Lady (Bird) of Beautification...oh, those wildflowers--gorgeous!

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful wild flowers you show :)
Hanne Bente

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the wildflowers.

Jeni said...

This post brought back lots of memories for me -of Lady Bird and her campaign with the flowers, yes -and a good thing that was too. But also, of her and the comedienne who would imitate her too "Plant a tree, a shrub, a bush. Hep beautify America." But you have to say that with the Texas accent really prevalent. Where I worked, back in the 60s, the whole office (keypunch people, ya know) would imitate that comedienne every chance we got and then, it would send all of us into gales of laughter. Dang, wish I could remember that comic's name now. Do you know who I mean, Dianne -I'm thinking it was Fannie Flagg or some such along those lines. (Hating the damned senility that's hitting me lately!)

EG CameraGirl said...

Lady Bird Johnson was a wonderful woman! I;m glad she's being remembered.

Ivanhoe said...

Wish I knew her! She seems like a very smart woman :)
Love your vignette-ing in the first one!
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

Loredana Donovan said...

Funny, we were both looking at wildflowers this week. Nice variety you found around town :) Didn't know about the Wildflower Center. Thanks for sharing this info!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love this tribute to Ladybird Johnson! She helped beautify many areas in America with wildflowers.

Rambling Woods said...

Lovely post Dianne and the Wildlife Center is such a font of information on native plants and thank you for putting the info out there for others to see. Love all the flowers.. I wanted to let you know that Walter is still here with injured Mama and her 2 ducklings which are now flying and one orphaned female and the rest of the flock...Michelle

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots!

Akelamalu said...

Lovely shots! Wild flowers are so pretty. :)

Hilary said...

Ah yes, Lady Bird. Lovely photo of her and how nice to be remembered with flowers.

Marg said...

Lady Bird was quite a lady and we also love the wild flowers. We have lots of them out in our donkey pasture. But those are really pretty. Wildflowers can be just as beautiful as garden flowers. Great post.

Au and Target said...

Lovely flowers. Lady Bird. What a lovely name! Very unusual. Mind you, I know a Harvest and a River.

bobbybegood1 said...

Great pics. I so adored Lady Bird and so inspiring was her love of nature. You are a kind of lady yoself. You rock Lady Di. Cheers!!

Rambling Woods said...

dianne..I try to get some food to Walter, Mama and the orphan everyday...and if someone else is reading this..it is ducks not people...

Jidhu Jose said...

lovely greeny pics :)

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www.simplycaptured9.wordpreas.com said...

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
- Lady Bird Johnson
Very inspiring! Love your pictures

Reb said...

Lovely flowers and a great shot of Lady Bird. I once bought a package of 'wildflowers' and built a bed for them. I spent the next 2 years that I owned the house pulling thistles.

NixBlog said...

Beautiful captures of these humble but still lovely flowers.