Despite the lingering cold-fronts, signs of spring are spotted in the island's flora. Nectarine blossoms, budding flowers and a tentative buzz of a bumblebee restore my hopes of a return of warmer weather.

Many of the plants attributing to Galveston's bloom are in fact imported. Oleander made its way from Morocco via the Mediterranean and Virginia to Texas, and fruit trees from the peach family originated in China. Roses have probably been naturalized the longest to Texas and are often found wild, ranking around trees, even in remote areas of the coastal swamps.

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