It was 72 degrees F at 7:02 am, with the unimpeded sun rays already starting to blaze.
Time was short. Pined for the royal catchfly at Meadowbrook and wondered whether cardinal flower might be starting to bloom there (as it is in my front yard, by happy circumstance!)
So went as far as the prairie planting on Florida and Orchard, which was crowded with tall, blooming prairie plants.
Included on today’s roster were rosinweed
Among the pink-purple examples were purple coneflower, (not pictured) ironweed
and an early-blooming aster
Saw a nice brood of immature milkweed bugs clustered at the tip of a common milkweed pod.
Then went on with the day!