Sunday 1 September 2013. New Goldenrod, Old Lead Plant

This morning at 6:30 it was 70 degrees F under a uniformly overcast sky as I headed out on my road bike Rhododendron. The phone weather said it would clear up soon and gave no indication of rain.

Newly completed Race Street was flanked by a yellow-brown attempt at restored turf cover. They have amazing technology for spreading grass seed these days, in a mixture shot from a hose, and I’ve seen it work well, but I wonder how it will go now with this heat and so little water, which new grass needs.

Had modest plans this morning, alas. Oh, the road calls, but then what about stopping for pics and then writing about it afterward? Alas, also, have been slowed down by cramming the photo storage of this blog to its limit. 😦 Another problem to solve if Velo du Jour is to continue…. Well, onward, then, into the ever uncertain future….

So today just set the City of Champaign Prairie Restoration on Windsor between First Street and Neil as my minimal goal.

And on the way stopped at the planted “prairielet” that had been so profusely lovely in the fog on this past 28th of July. From a distance, it looked so spent compared to then.

But at closer range there were plenty of blooming flowers (asters, Liatris, rosinweed, stiff goldenrod and the more ordinary ones) amid the seed heads (like purple and yellow coneflowers).

The goldenrod bloom, of which I still have a mental imprint of its evidence in winter, was just beginning.

As I got back on Florida Avenue, practicing taking up a full lane, there seemed to be a fine rain starting. It would be quite welcome to the dry ground, but was hoping it would wait till I finished my ride.

Today’s was not a long ride, but did get to pedal vigorously, happily, into the bit of west wind on Windsor Road, in high gear and hands on the drops.

The hint of rain did not increase.

The City of Champaign Prairie Restoration looked sparse, with its few individuals of species that were crammed in at the “prairielet” on Florida.

But was struck by the post-bloom lead plant, with its attractive clusters of seed heads and downright handsome foliage at the base of the sign. A prairie dock to their rear made a nice accent.

Then back home.


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