Seeing salvias in the wild

salvialvr(Utah Zone 6)May 20, 2006

I just wanted what a beautifull sight I saw the other day. I was driving pass the famous Y.O. Ranch here in Texas when I noticed that the big pasture on bordering the road was had a light blue coloring to it. I stopped to look with my spotting scope (like a mini telescope) and dicovered the whole pasture to be covered in Salvia Farinacia. It was incredible to look at, As the wind blew the flowers rippled like water across the field.

I see this Salvia all over this time of year but never in that quantity. There must have been over a hundred acres that had more Salvia in it than grass and it was in full bloom. I just wish I'd had a charged set of batteries for my digital camera.

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rosewomann(z7 MD Montg. Co)

Wow! I wish I could've seen that, it sounds beautiful!

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 11:51PM
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I wish I could have witnessed that, as well! If you happen to drive by there again, get a pic for us junkies! :)


    Bookmark   May 21, 2006 at 11:52AM
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rich_dufresne(z7 NC)

This is not an uncommon sight on Texas roadsides. Instead of planting grass on new or rebuilt roadsides, the state highway department gathers a hay from other roadsides of other wildflowers. Seeds come with the straw, and if the environments match, you will see up to miles of wildflowwer mixes. This is the time of year to cruise the Interstates and state and federal highways with your camera. Lots of blue-eyed grasses (Sysirinchiums), Indian blankets (Gaillardas), Salvia lyrata, and eye-vibrating mixes of orange-red Indian paintbrush (Castilleja) and blue Lupines. Then there are the occasional patches of Penstemons and even native Alliums. And this is cheaper than sowing grasses.

Too bad this does not work as well in other states. I have mixed feelings about wildflower monocultures, which is all you see in North Carolina and neighboring states.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 10:38PM
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