Spring has landed here in Texas indicated by the fields of wildflowers that I’ve witnessed on my weekly journey between Austin and Houston on HWY 71. Fields of bluebonnets, indian paintbrush and a mixture of other brightly colored wild flowers cover the grounds along the highway and in the pastures along the road. It’s quite beautiful and since this is my first spring in Texas, it has been a real treat to witness.
Stopping to pick flowers on the side of the road is not something that would be offered to me while driving down HWY 101 in Los Angeles, so I’m feeling real good about springtime in Texas.
When the flowers started to show up, I immediately thought of my friend Tamara Valdez of Botanicals Folklorica that lives here in Austin. Tamara is a sweet spirited gal who has created a line of apothecary and traditional craft medicine utilizing local resources. She creates everything from elixirs to herbal smoke blends and honey and when the flowers are in bloom she creates beautiful wildflower bundles that she gathers from neighboring farms in her community.
When I visited her studio a few months back to discuss a collaborative project, she expressed her anticipation for the flowers to bloom. Her flower bundles have become one of her bestsellers and during the winter, she isn’t able to create from one of her most inspired parts of nature. So naturally, as I saw all the flowers bloom, I smiled knowing how much fun she must be having being able to create again with the Texas wildflowers.
And according to her Instagram feed, the creative process has started:
Here is a snapshot at Tamara in her East Austin studio creating her magic.