A horrible person used a string trimmer to cut paths through our main bluebonnet patch on Creekmere. Most likely for a professional "wildflower session" photo shoot for which the photographer was well paid. Over one-tenth of the patch has been destroyed! Those were bluebonnets that now our neighborhood will not have the joy of seeing.
This bluebonnet patch did not arise here naturally. It took hundreds of hours of manpower by Eastwood Riparian volunteers. Volunteers! The ground had to be cleared and prepared, seed had to be purchased and planted. There was weeding and watering. And when the patch did not produce sufficient flowers, we spread decomposed granite, which is hard and heavy work, purchased seed and planted again.
We want our residents and neighbors to enjoy these beautiful bluebonnets and capture them in photos for memory. But please do so respectfully, passing between the flowers when possible and walking gently on the flowers when you must. Please minimize the flower crushing by kneeling rather than sitting. Do not spread blankets on the flowers.
Creekmere residents and walkers! If you see anyone damaging wildflowers in the greenbelt, contact ENA immediately by calling (469) 688-5386. Since it was likely done by a professional photographer they will probably return. We want to know their names.
This act of wanton vandalism by a profiteer also prevented seed production that would ensure next year's display. This entitled jerk also littered the park with the leftover trimmer string. The perpetrator is nothing but a common thief stealing joy from our neighborhood.
Destruction of wildflowers by arrogant, inconsiderate photographers who care only about getting their perfect shot is a national problem, destroying wildflowers in many parks and preserves. Texas Parks & Wildlife article details this vandalism trend.
Donations to Eastwood Riparian to show your appreciation and repair this damage will be gratefully accepted. Donate here.