Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
Letter from the Editor - Spring 2004With 31 days left before the official start of spring on March 20, 2004, in some North American locales it still is hard to imagine spring is that close. Today, February 18, in Burlington, Vermont, the high is 31. New York City enjoyed a high of 42; Seattle, 54; and Chicago, 43.
In Austin, Texas, at the Wildflower Center the high was 73. If not technically already here, spring is easy to imagine as I write this letter from my laptop beneath cloudless skies.
As I do this, my colleagues at the Wildflower Center are busy tending the gardens here in anticipation of our springtime guests. They will come from near and far to Central Texas to see wildflowers like Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) and Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) in abundance.
Although it may come later, spring will be celebrated in much the same way in other cities and towns across the country. For the enthusiasm spring inspires for nature, this issue includes an in-depth look at a favorite spring bloomer in many locales: the lupine (Beyond Bluebonnets). Because spring will draw many of us out on the roadways for wildflower watching, we publish On the Road, about the efforts made by states to plant natives along roadsides. After the Fire looks at the response fire triggers among some wildflowers. We are happy to introduce a new section this issue. "Tending Garden" (page 5) features native plant gardens of Wildflower Center members. You might send information about your own garden to us for consideration for future issues. As always, For Every Season (page 11), Field Notes (page 7), and Root of the Matter (page 32) impart practical gardening advice you will need this season.
I'm off to enjoy a "springtime" walk at the Wildflower Center. Enjoy your spring!