Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica
Brilliant drops of blue sky with wispy white clouds.
All atop a native perennial, sky at my fingertips.
The best billboards for pollinator passersby.
I took this picture a couple weeks ago as the local Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) population began changing into its vibrant red garb. Thank you, Nature!!!
Virginia Creeper often gets mistaken for Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), but is 5-leaved, whereas the Poison Ivy is 3-leaved. Both are native to this area, but I’d highly recommend Virginia Creeper for your garden or natural landscaping.
Just make sure not to landscape with Poison Ivy, unless you’re itching to repel your neighbors… Ha!
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
One of my favorite quotes…it not only inspires my continued appreciation for the natural world, but it also clarifies my thoughts on Sustainability.
*I took this photo at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO this Spring.
When I see Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), I know that, despite the calendar date, Spring has truly arrived!