This morning at 5:38 it was 72 degrees and cloudy. The weather ap on the iPhone said it was storming(?) but that it would clear soon. Actually, there were dry patches on the street and sidewalk when I got Rhododendron out if the garage to go out and explore some other places besides Meadowbrook Park to see the burgeoning summer prairie flowers.
First stop was the prairie planting on Florida and Orchard.
So many species were blooming. Will just give an illustrated, briefly annotated list.
Thimbleweed and Potentilla, of which I didn’t get photos.
And, to my delight, lead plant, with nearby mountain mint. Also noticed more butterfly weed, which reminded me that there didn’t seem to be butterfly weed near the lead plant at Meadowbrook as there had been in previous years.
(Looked it up later and found it to be Canada milk vetch, Astrgalus canadensis.) Also there was one I did recognize–prairie tick trefoil, which seemed early, it even had pods already.
where there was a thick stand of lead plant!
Also there were many exotic, invasive non-natives like sweet clover, chicory, and crown vetch. Looked like the prairie stewards hadn’t been there for a while. Odd to think about it, but it takes a lot of work (planting, removing exotics) by humans to keep a mini-prairie “natural.”
Then rode Windsor to Prospect toward Curtis to where I remembered lots of prairie clover around a sunken pond.
There was a surprisingly large number of people out walking and running along Prospect Avenue before 7:00 am.
Was not disappointed about the prairie clover, foiled by black-eyed Susans.
Planned to take Kirby/Florida almost all the way home, but Kirby at the Assembly Hall (State Farm Center, whatever) was blocked for the Corvette Fest.
But wound my way through the all the construction on campus and made it back eventually.