Thursday, July 7, 2016

Queen Reigns

Queen of the prairie blooms.

Friday, July 1, 2016

I'm Back!

I've been in England nearly three weeks... A whole different experience in terms of plants, weather, etc... Like while we were gone it was in the 90s here and didn't rain at all -- so dry! -- whereas England we were lucky to go a day without rain and it never topped 70. Not complaining, it was lovely. But I returned to a whole different prairie!

A few long shots to show the main characters: here, purple coneflower and coreopsis.
Here, the compass plants tower over everything...
Many yellow composites are starting; in addition to the Susan's (pictured) there were some sunflowers and even the first yellow coneflowers.

Butterfly weed:
Culver' root:
Common milkweed:
That's only a partial list and doesn't include any of the invasives, of which there are many... But I'll leave some for tomorrow!

Friday, June 10, 2016

It Prickles

To hearken back to the last couple of posts... here's another weed that's started blooming, that I'm somewhat sad is not desirable because these thistles are quite lovely.  To look at.  They are decidedly unlovely to touch, and heaven help you if you have to pull one.   
They are also another flower that I find quite fascinating right before they bloom.  They get this green-to-purple effect that I'm just really taken with.  

Thursday, June 9, 2016


I am somewhat captivated by these purple coneflowers in their almost stage... Their skinny (and fuzzy!) necks popping up out of the surrounding prairie like periscopes, their Fibonacci spirals so prominent in the perfectly round disc, their petals so sparse and spindly as to seem, at this point, like a pale pink afterthought to the flower... they keep catching my eye.  I decided to try and draw one.  (I'm out of practice.  I should sketch more.  Mid-year resolution.)  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

In the Weeds

A weed is just a good plant in a bad place, really.  But the result is a bad plant.  Some of my least favorite flowers are blooming now... a lot of "weeds," including these, can be pretty.  A lot of people call some of the native plants I treasure "weeds" because they move into their yards without being invited.  But invasive species that threaten the biodiversity of the ecosystem... no matter how pretty they seem, when I see them, I can't get past the ugliness of what they're doing.
Here, crown vetch (purple) and birds' foot trefoil (I was sad when I learned that one was invasive):
Yellow sweet clover (with other clovers as well...):
And, everyone's favorite, bindweed.  Just try to get that off a plant it's decided to climb up...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Another Plant Muncher

Goldenrod cutworm, I believe this is... There were tons of them munching up the leaves of goldenrod in the garden.

Little Ray of Sunshine

In the language of flowers, coreopsis means always cheerful.  When you look at that color, you understand why!  Who could be glum in the face of such vibrancy and brightness?