Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: Wildflowers of Texas

Wildflowers of Texas Wildflowers of Texas by Michael Eason
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Back in the early 1990's I was a graduate student in Austin, Texas and one of my greatest joys, given that I lived in an apartment and love gardens, was traveling around on Sundays looking at wildflowers. While my sinuses didn't think much of my plans, the fields, forested areas and prairies in Travis and surrounding county areas were simply unmatched for their diversity and beauty. From asters to wild orchids to Texas' famous bluebonnet, the rich wildflowers and their local appreciation, thanks in no small part to Lady Bird Johnson, gave me so much enjoyment. And so this glorious book, organized by color and within color groups by family, is a feast for the eyes and a great resource for the wildflower lover. Is that really Verbena? Are there truly wild white violets in Bastrop? How I would have loved to lug this 500+ page book around in my backpack! This book leaves me wanting to go back to the Hill Country, to further explore the unique ecological regions that comprise Travis county, one of the only counties in Texas with three distinct ecological environments.

A must-have for Texas plant lovers, and those in neighboring regions and climates.

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