Brenda and I took a walk to the greenbelt yesterday. She had planned for about an hour but we ended up doing a little ‘bush walking’ so we could get to Sculpture Falls without crossing the creek.
I’d noticed that the Texas Mountain Laurel (Sophora secundiflora) has been blooming in the neighborhood, so we took a detour through a patch of woods where I knew we would find some in the wild to see if they were blooming as well. Most weren’t, but I did find a couple of early blooms, and I could swear that I could smell them everywhere.
On our walk upstream we saw some other early blooming plants getting ready for spring, including Mexican Buckeye which may be out by next weekend.
Just below Sculpture Falls, on the part of the trail that Brenda wasn’t thrilled with, we found some Agarita (Berberis trifolioata) in bloom. There’s quite a bit of this growing along fence rows in the Hill Country and I’ve been cycling in the spring when the air was full of it’s scent.