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Beautiful Wildflower Pics in our Houston, Texas Subdivision Greenbelt

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.

Evening primrose wildflower

Evening primrose wildflower

Greenbelt

We are fortunate to be living in a subdivision that has a greenbelt area. Wildflowers are in abundance, particularly in the Spring. While walking with my husband a couple of days ago and noting the wildflowers, we went back to our home to grab my digital camera, with which I could take the pictures for this post.

The way that the originators of this older subdivision set up the common areas was brilliant. Many newer subdivisions have followed the pattern and adopted similar plan layouts.

While a few main streets are circling through this planned community, at the end of every block or two, one can reach the greenbelt, where there is a paved one-and-a-half-mile path with frequent benches in a park-like setting.

Coreopsis nuecensis wildflower with bee

Coreopsis nuecensis wildflower with bee

Friendswood Development Company

The first subdivision envisioned and created by Friendswood Development Company was in Clear Lake, located between Houston and Galveston.

NASA (the National Aeronautical Space Administration) is nearby, and for individuals who have jobs working for NASA, Clear Lake is a very convenient location.

For those working in Houston, but wishing to enjoy weekends at the beach, living on the south-eastern side of the city, offers advantages. The Gulf of Mexico lures many an individual with its specific siren call. Some of these reasons include the following:

  • The sounds of calm or crashing waves of the ocean, depending upon the weather
  • Salt air breezes
  • Watching seagulls skimming the air currents
  • Walking upon the beach in the warm sand
  • A laid-back atmosphere in which people can unwind during weekends or holidays

The architects of the Clear Lake community designed a family-friendly place. It has hiking paths, green and open spaces, playgrounds, a swimming pool, tennis courts, a clubhouse, and other amenities.

Residents liked this concept, and it was not long before other subdivisions in other parts of the city followed this design. We have had the expertise of the Friendswood Development Company in planning our subdivision. And now, we have "hands-on" management by people who live in and care for this enclave of around 1,000 primarily custom-built homes. Due to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, it works well.

Drainage Ditch

The greenbelt area also serves another vital purpose. A drainage ditch was built to catch the overflow of heavy rains and runs through the center of the paved hiking path area.

As many people probably already know, Houston, Texas, is relatively flat topographically. Good drainage is essential to keep homes and businesses from being flooded when we get our occasional heavy rains and even hurricanes that sometimes visit this side of the Gulf of Mexico. Keeping our drainage ditches clear and free-flowing is essential. They also act as reservoirs to temporarily hold excess water when needed.

All water from this part of the country eventually drains into our various creeks and bayous, ultimately emptying into the Gulf.

Landscaped around this vital and serviceable element in our subdivision is our greenbelt area with surrounding paths, both paved and unpaved. The unpaved paths form by the frequent use of joggers or people walking their dogs. The paved pathway is slightly above the unpaved and further up the hill.

Lighting comes on at night, making our greenbelt not only safer but also inviting to use at all hours of the day.

Wildflowers

Since the main point of this post is to share with you a few pictures of the wildflowers that are now abundant in our greenbelt area, join us on our stroll through the walking, jogging, hiking, and biking paths, and hopefully, you can enjoy these harbingers of Spring along with us.

The hill coming up from the drainage ditch on each side is left to grow in its natural state until all of these perennial wildflowers have had a chance to go to seed, thereby paving the way for next year's annual show. After that time has passed, the mowers cut it back.

Most years, there are also bluebonnets in bloom. But before this year's wildflower show, our drainage ditch had excess sediment cleared that had collected over time. That process undoubtedly eliminated some of the bluebonnets. Hopefully, they will reappear by next year.

Now take a look at some of the beautiful wildflowers we got to see. The first picture below is a tiny little flower that one could almost overlook. Note the size of the flowers versus the grass leaves which surround them for comparison purposes.

Wildlife

One might easily imagine the wildlife that is attracted to our greenbelt areas. Birds of almost every description find this a wonderful place to not only seek water but also fill their gullets with insects and seeds.

Turtles often rest on the concrete sides of the ditch. Deep-throated sounds of croaking toads accompany one when hiking these paths. There are undoubtedly field mice and snakes, and lizards that enjoy this environment.

The trees that are grown further up the hill by the paved and shaded pathways have playful squirrels who dart around the trunks, frequently chasing one another.

Our subdivision newsletter warns residents about not leaving their cats or small animals out to roam at night as coyotes have been seen and obviously could make a meal of one's beloved pet. Most people heed that warning.

While we have never personally seen wildlife larger than the turtles, and some large seabirds, no doubt that there are also possums, raccoons, skunks, armadillos, and other wild creatures.

Beautiful Video

Great Escape

Everyone needs some time to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and nature can provide that respite. Fortunately for us, this greenbelt area is one short block away from our home, and we often stroll the path taking us through this open green space amidst our subdivision.

By no means is this an exhaustive review of what wildflowers are there. Since this is March 31 at the time of this posting, more types might appear as the season changes.

I hope you enjoy your wildflowers wherever you live.

Sources:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendswood_Development_Company
  • https://uswildflowers.com/wfquery.php?State=TX

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 03, 2021:

Hi Alice,

In our part of the world, we have some types of wildflowers in bloom almost year-round. Spring brings a bounty of them! In Texas, the iconic bluebonnet is a harbinger of the season. Thanks for your visit.

Alice on March 03, 2021:

Looking forward to Spring and beautiful new wild flowers. Loved your pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 02, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Hopefully they will start to come out and bloom now that all of those heavy and persistent rains have ended. Spring is normally a beautiful time of year. I agree!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 01, 2015:

We have usually had wildflowers by the ton by this time most years, but for some reason there doesn't seem to be so many as usual. Everything is lush and green and overgrown due to all the rain, yet many trees and flowers don't seem to be blossoming as usual. We generally have flowers everywhere starting in March at the latest, and continuing all through June.

Love your photos here. Spring is my favorite time in Texas just because it is so lush and green and the wildflowers are usually profuse.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 15, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

What a sweet memory you have of primroses! Thanks for the shares. Yes, Texas has beautiful wildflowers particularly in the spring and summer months.

C E Clark from North Texas on January 14, 2014:

Texas does have a profusion of beautiful wild flowers along the roads in the spring.

Your first photo of the primrose brings back memories of when my late husband and I were just dating and he stopped his vehicle beside the road for just a couple of minutes while he got out and picked some of the primroses and brought them back to me.

Pinned to my 'Pink II' board, voted up, BAUI, and will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 15, 2010:

Hello suny51,

Thanks for taking a look at the pictures of wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Will take a look at yours!

suny51 on April 14, 2010:

love to watch flowers,and great to follow you.

i will also show my collection of flowers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2010:

Hello World,

Thanks for the compliment on these pictures of wildflowers. They are even prettier now than when I initially took the photos as far as more being in bloom.

World on April 06, 2010:

Beautiful hub...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2010:

Hello callmefoxy,

Happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing these pictures of the wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Viewed some spectacular fields of wildflowers out in the country yesterday. Will be sharing them in an upcoming hub. Thanks for the comment.

callmefoxxy on April 03, 2010:

Another lovely hub and great pics. Thanks for continuing to share with us.

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2010:

Hello D.A.L.,

Yes, after winter, I think most of us look forward to the Spring and all that it brings forth with regard to wildflowers as well as other budding plants with all their fresh new unfurling of green leaves, etc. It is truly a time of rebirth. Thanks for taking a peek at this part of the world and specifically in our subdivision.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2010:

Hi katyzzz,

So happy that you enjoyed these pictures of the wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Thanks for the nice comment.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on April 03, 2010:

Peggy w, what a fantastic visual hub which I enjoyed tremendously. The green belt area is a fantastic idea.Very uplifting after the dank winter.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on April 02, 2010:

Such beautiful flowers and such lovely scenery. It's good for my soul, thanks Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2010:

Hi Ethel,

I know...especially the red toned wildflowers; orange and of course yellow. Some of the others must be viewed up close to really enjoy their beauty. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on April 02, 2010:

Some of those flowers are so vibrantly coloured. Terrific hub Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2010:

Hello Eileen,

That is so true that whether they be wildflowers or their more domesticated counterparts, they add much beauty to this world of ours. Glad you liked the pictures of the ones in our greenbelt area. Hoping to see more in the country-side soon. It is supposed to be a banner year for the bluebonnets due to all the rain this past year. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on April 02, 2010:

Beautiful pictures, There are so many beautiful flowers in this wonderful world of ours.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2010:

Hi DjBryle,

We really like our proximity to the greenbelt and all that it offers. So happy that you enjoyed these pictures of the wildflowers currently in bloom. Thanks!

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on April 01, 2010:

Wow! Thanks for sharing such a great hub and photography! Your place is so relaxing... =)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2010:

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for the very complimentary comment.

Cheryl on March 31, 2010:

You are a great photographer. Thank you for taking the time to share the beauty of these hidden wildflowers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 31, 2010:

Hi Celesta,

You are the first to respond. Glad that you enjoyed the pictures of wildflowers in our subdivision greenbelt area. Thanks for the glimpse and comment.

Celesta on March 31, 2010:

Beautiful! I enjoyed the glimpse.

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