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Spring flowers in east Texas

Pear tree
Pear tree
Elizabeth Barr

Spring is here and the woods are alive and blooming. Despite the fact that some people are bothered by allergies, there's just really not much that is quite as beautiful as east Texas woods in the spring The dogwoods were stunning and the wild flowers are still decorating everything with their rainbow of colors. The bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are in full bloom right now, but there is a lot more to Texas wildflowers than just those two more famous flowers.

Take time out to visit the woods near you and enjoy the assortment of beauty you will find there.

For a pretty walk, or weekend rental for you or your organization, consider a day trip to Camp Niwana.

Camp Niwana main site here.

Pear tree
Pear tree Elizabeth Barr

Pear tree

The pear tree has flowered and it was beautiful, but I'm worried it might not make pears this fall, because there was a hard freeze right at the time it was in full flower. So we'll have to wait and see what happens.

Tung oil
Tung oil Elizabeth Barr

Tung oil

The tung oil tree is a great tree for shade, very tall and with huge leaves that will provide excellent shade for many years to come. And, it has pretty flowers, too. Finally, the seed pods are huge and hard, almost like baseballs, and they are great fun to play with, but be careful, because they really hurt if they hit you!

Tung oil flower
Tung oil flower Elizabeth Barr

Tung oil flower

This is a close up of the tung oil flowers in spring of 2014. They are so pretty and the ground was just covered with them, almost like a carpet. It was beautiful.

Dew berries
Dew berries Elizabeth Barr

Dew berries

Dew berry season is almost here! The flowers have been seen throughout the east Texas woods and it's only a matter of a few more weeks before animals, birds and humans will all be enjoying their tasty treats.

Confederate Jasmine
Confederate Jasmine Elizabeth Barr

Confederate Jasmine

This climbing vine with delicate yellow flowers brings a spot of color high up in the trees of the woods. Very lovely, really a treat to see these in the spring, quite cheerful.

Wild violets
Wild violets Elizabeth Barr

Wild violets

Whether you prefer your violets to be wild or tame, they are all pretty. These were spotted along the edge of the woods near Woodville, Texas.