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5 things about Texas wildflowers, Lady Bird Johnson and getting that great bluebonnet shot

This time of year, Central Texans naturally turn their minds and senses to native wildflowers — bluebonnets, pink evening primroses, Mexican blankets, lemon mint and more — that bloom in fields, yards and roadside berms. Inextricably paired with those thoughts are gentle, sunny memories of the late Lady Bird Johnson, our first environmentalist first lady, who encouraged the proliferation of indigenous flowers.
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Biographer: Lady Bird Johnson influenced LBJ's presidency while 'hiding in plain sight'

It may seem a little cliché to ask an author about the title of a book. But in the case of Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight, it actually seems spot on to do so. Lady Bird Johnson biographer Julia Sweig contends that while Johnson may have demurred at the use of words like "power" or "influence" to describe her role in her husband's presidency, at a deeper level she was likely very aware of the powerful impact she had on the LBJ administration.
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