- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - After missing the short window of time to photograph her son in a field of bluebonnets last year, Allison Lemos took her first opportunity to get the photo this year.

Holding a 2-year-old and 4-month-old, she dodged traffic on an Interstate 37 frontage road before arranging the children atop a blanket for the perfect shot.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1anxYbx ) reports the trick was getting a squirmy toddler to hold an equally squirmy infant.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Lemos only remembers taking bluebonnet pictures one time as a child. For many born-and-bred Texans it’s an annual tradition.

This year wildflowers sprouted earlier than usual and cooler temperatures have meant they’ve stuck around longer, said Michael Womack, executive director of the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

Typically bluebonnets peek around the end of March and into mid-April, this year wildflower color began to show up in February, he said.

“We’re also seeing a bigger variety than we’ve seen in the last few years,” said Womack, a Caller-Times columnist.

Because flowers have popped up earlier and are sticking around longer, it is wise to allow them to fully seed before mowing any grass that they may be in. If they are mowed before they go to seed, it could impact wildflower production next year, he said.

For those interested in planting wildflowers, the best time of year is September and October.

It’s best to plant them in areas with open ground, or areas that aren’t too thick with grass, Womack said.

Residents who want to capture the state flower in photos should check out the area before sending children running into the bluebonnets, Womack said. Snakes can be cooling themselves in the flowers, especially on hot sunny days.

“Doing things to make noise will scare them away,” he said. “Go out before you let your children wander out on their own. That’s the biggest thing you have to look for.”

And while it’s a myth that you’ll be arrested for picking bluebonnets, it’s best to leave them where they are, Womack said.

“We want to protect those areas, randomly picking lots of wildflowers will reduce the plants in future years,” he said. “Don’t go out and pick a ton of the plants, that way everyone gets a chance to enjoy them.”

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Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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