I fondly remember singing those words from "Deep in the Heart of Texas" during the seventh inning stretch at the Houston Astrodome as the amazing (for its time) electronic scoreboard lit up with words and symbols of Texas. The world's first covered stadium and its mesmerizing scoreboard are now history. Fortunately our native Texas sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) is still going strong and showing off somewhat rare blooms this past week.
Known as the "Barometer Bush" because it was once thought the sage blooms would predict rain, they typically only bloom after a soaking rain which means the sages here didn't bloom even once for nearly two years during the drought. Somehow they know rain from irrigation so you can't trick them. A nice overnight shower a week earlier brought on these fleeting blooms which last just a few days.
The 'Silverado' variety newly planted this spring is sporting dark pink blossoms along the driveway.
The flowers in the closeups with bees are on the older, more silvery sage by the street. Sage flowers have a sweet fragrance which does not travel far so you have to get close to experience it. This bee has no problem finding the flowers though. Look at those bulging pollen sacs on her legs!