It was 66 degrees and mostly sunny at 6:09, on this morning of my father’s 90th birthday, as I wheeled Rhododendron down the driveway and headed south on Race Street.
Stopped for a cabbage rose shot
And checked the Amanita mushrooms, which seemed to be very much on the decline.
Rode directly to Meadowbrook Park and stopped at the rabbit-statue bridge over McCullough Creek for the customary shot.
Farther down, in the willowy wet iris territory, Penstemon held forth, but with more brown than white flowers.
Near The Freyfogle overlook went to check the lead plant, which had been munched and damaged by (not unnatractive) beetles.
But the beetles seemed to have eaten their fill and mostly gone, though who knows what was going on with their actual eating-machines, the larvae? This year, at least, it seemed there would be flowers.
Rode to the end of the path at Windsor Road and west on the sidewalk along the park.
There was a lot of green; the spiderwort were past the peak of their bloom. Yet there were some remaining fresh blue daily flowers,
Along with the wizened spiderwort were soon to bloom rosinweed
and green blackberry fruit.
The early prairie flowers are finishing as summer, with its own anticipated bloom, draws near!