Gattis is on a cross-country trek in an effort to raise money for a health clinic in southwest Kenya. (HCFCD), Donkeys in the bluebonnets at a fence in the fog at Chappell Hill in March 2009 (chron.commons), An ocean of wildflowers - Indian blanket, prickly poppy and vervain - floods a South Texas sendero this past weekend. Heather brings considerable written, audio and video skills to the Chronicle's digital team. In April 2014, maroon bluebonnets started popping up around the UT Tower (and only around the tower). Editor’s Note: UT has issued a statement on the bluebonnet chronicles, indicating that the university has no official plans to remove the maroon bluebonnet from campus. Rileigh in the bluebonnets in Plantersville. Credit: Courtesy Murry, Saturday S.A. Life 0321 Wildflowers horsemint Appearance of A&M-colored flowers causing controversy on campus. Maroon bluebonnets are taking over flowerbeds below the school's iconic tower. With some blooms already popping up, a Texas botanist says that the state should have a good showing of wildflowers this spring because of the fall and winter rains. "We're trying to get it native to where it survives on its own.". It was taken along Highway 71 near Interstate 10. Texas is home to some of the most beautiful flowers. UT suspects sabotage after A&M-created maroon flowers pop up near tower, Hiro Horikoshi/The University of Texas at Austin. Hogue said he suspects it was the work of Texas A&M supporters. This diss track says Megan Thee Stallion isn't from Houston. Maroon bluebonnets have sprung up on the Forty Acres—and some think pranksters from Texas A&M are behind it. Officials fear their landscape has been infiltrated by longtime rival Aggies. After seeing an annual increase in the number of maroon bluebonnets in the two beds near the tower, Hogue said he did some research and learned that two A&M professors, Jerry Parsons and Greg Grant, developed a maroon strain of the Texas state flower. At A&M, though, the controversy has led to much hilarity. President Barack Obama's visit to the University of Texas in Austin could be overshadowed by the emergence of a scandal of potentially epic proportions. Bear the Bernese mountain dog by Lisa Vavricka. Carol got started in journalism while teaching English in Poland during martial law. Nature was supposed to dispose of the maroon bluebonnet, but Longhorns are still waiting. A tale of creative rivalry- Aggie Maroon Bluebonnets growing on UT Austin campus ; Back To Top. Photo taken 3/19/09 before noon. ( Michael Paulsen / Chronicle ) (Chronicle), A bee works on a spring wild flower at the Galveston City Cemetery Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in Galveston. UT officials would prefer not to announce the exact date the offending plants will be taken up, said Markus Hogue, the university's program coordinator for irrigation and water conservation. "You wouldn't have a bunch of one color sprouting up (otherwise)," he said, undoubtedly smirking. It's hard to believe, but Texas has been named the second 'most hated' state in the U.S. Texas is booming with 'Best Places to Retire,' according to U.S. News, Trump finds sympathetic ear, few questions with Fox's Bartiromo as his first post-election interviewer, Houston trades parade for food giveaway this Thanksgiving, These 5 Texas companies got slapped with the biggest safety fines, 9 legendary Houston businesses we’ll miss, Need gift ideas? "When we started seeing the maroon, I started researching it more, (that) led me to believe that it was more likely these seeds were created at A&M and brought over here," Hogue said. 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