When I see Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), I know that, despite the calendar date, Spring has truly arrived!
Here’s the last photo from my visit to Shaw Nature Reserve last weekend.
Another prairie plant I’m unfamiliar with. I suppose that makes it easier for me to mess with the saturation/contrast of the original then…
Let me know if you’re familiar with this plant species, genus, or family.
Today was Prairie Day at Shaw Nature Reserve. I learned how to use an atlatl, saw many cool exhibits, ate a bison burger, and took a walk through the prairie with the camera. While the brutal drought is still evident throughout the region, the recent rains seem to be aiding in the fall bloom season. Anywho, I took a few photos. Here is just one for now.
I’m fairly sure this is Prairie or Downy Gentian (Gentiana puberulenta). These beautiful perennials, at less than 2 feet tall, could be easily missed in a full prairie, were it not for the vibrant blue-purple flowers. And yes, it’s native. And yes, it’s drought resistant. Why not try something like this in your sunny flower garden? Grow Native!
With a lull in the hot weather, we took a day hike today out at Shaw Nature Reserve. Things looked crispy and dried up. But, all things considered, the natives seem to be surviving. Anywho, here are a few photos of our outing.
Beautiful seed pods. This is Baptisia, though the exact species may be False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) or perhaps white False Indigo (Baptisia alba). They are doing very well this year, considering the drought.
A towering Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum) nodded as we passed by.
Finally, a native green roof atop a new restroom facility near the Bascom House.