Category Archives: Flowers

Spring Wildflowers

We found Bird’s-foot violets blooming along the ridge trail above Hillers Creek this morning. Many other kinds of wildflowers can be found in the woods now. Once the trees leaf out in early May the place to find wildflowers shifts … Continue reading

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Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … Continue reading

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Enjoying Spring!

It’s been a lot of fun having Kevin Sink visit the past few days. The weather has been perfect so we’re spending several hours outside every day. Here he is taking a Flowering Dogwood picture at Lichen Bluff.

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Lotus Pod

All parts of the American Lotus are interesting to explore photographically. Everything from the leaves to the flowers and even the seed pods. I just stumbled across this picture from 12-years ago and decided to work it up.

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Goldenrod Prairie

Goldenrod is at peak bloom now at the Prairie Garden Trust. People mistakenly believe that goldenrod causes fall allergies. Ragweed is a more likely source for the problem. Ragweed has green flowers that are easy to overlook. Goldenrod has very … Continue reading

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Purple Coneflower

When I think “Prairie” I see Purple Coneflowers. They can be found in small clumps in many locations here at the PGT. Often I find them at the edges of the prairie where there are a few trees.

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Early Summer Prairie

After a brief storm this evening the skies cleared and light flooded the prairie. This is the “5-Acre Prairie” just east of the Prairie Garden Trust Visitor Center. If you look closely you will see Lead Plant, Mountain Mint, Grey-headed … Continue reading

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Gray-headed Coneflower

We just got back from a short trip and were eager to see what’s coming in to bloom here at the PGT. The Gray-headed Coneflowers can be seen blooming just south of the PGT Visitor Center in the Dogleg Prairie. … Continue reading

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PGT Wildflower Walk

25 people showed up for the wildflower walk today even though it’s been raining on-and-off all week. George Yatskievych entertained us with fun facts about every plant we pointed out. Two plants that I found especially interesting: • Prairie Milkweed … Continue reading

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Rose Verbena

The rush of the Spring Wildflowers is on! One of the short flowers that is easy to overlook is called Rose Verbena. I photographed this one near our barn. Rose Verbena has the longest bloom time of any wildflower; it … Continue reading

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