This morning at 5:45 it was 73 degrees F with heavy clouds and a gusty, variable breeze.
Rode on Rhododendron to Meadowbrook Park for the latest installment of the prairie summer.
Saw wild petunia; I think not native, but pretty.
The tick trefoil had recently been blooming in lots of places; many where
I hadn’t seen them last year.
Found the Liatris patch between the two little trees in the wet area. It would be blooming soon.
Noticed a sinuous flower stalk of Baptisia with little incipient pods in the middle, flowers at the far end, and larger pods closer to the ground.
Took a photo just to document the most abundant flowers on the prairie at this stage of the process of the growing season (today): yellow coneflower, purple coneflower, Monarda.
Was amazed at how drawn out the lead plant bloom is this year.
I guess it looks more lush and showy for more of the little flowers to bloom at once, but it’s nice to see buds (more to come!) even when some spikes are pretty much finished.