Texas Wildflower Forecast

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Fans of Texas bluebonnets could soon be spotting some beautiful blooms in pastures and along highways.

Experts say heavy rain last fall and early this winter could mean a spectacular wildflower season in Texas.

Officials with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin on Tuesday offered the optimistic forecast.

Authorities at the University of Texas-affiliated Center say spotty rain and recent unusually warm conditions could affect some wildflower displays.

Horticulture director of horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya says the trick is always the weather. She says the National Weather Service earlier this year predicted the El Niño pattern would bring moisture, but that didn't really materialize for much of the Texas.

DeLong-Amaya says the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center already has some Texas bluebonnets in bloom.