Category Archives: Flowers

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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Early Spring Wildflowers

The peak of Spring Wildflowers is still weeks away but every day I find something new. Today I saw my first Spring Beauties. Spring Beauties are one of the most common wildflowers at the PGT. In a few weeks the … Continue reading

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First Spring Wildflowers

Walking along Hiller’s Creek this morning we found the first wildflowers of the year. Their name is perfect: Harbinger of Spring. The best display of woodland wildflowers is still a month away.

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My Favorite Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery is my favorite place to get plants so I was honored when they asked to use my picture on the cover of this years catalog. The picture (shown here) is a Monarch caterpillar munching on a Swamp … Continue reading

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Buckeye Butterfly 

Late summer asters are the best place to find butterflies right now. The flowers are scattered all along the paths in the prairie. This afternoon I found this Common Buckeye feeding on New England Aster. Despite the name (“New England … Continue reading

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Swallowtail on Sunflower

Rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium As summer progresses I find it increasingly difficult to identify the confusing mix of sunflowers. Books such as “Ozark Wildflowers” by Don Kurz really help. The flower here is called Rosinweed. The butterfly is another Easter Tiger Swallowtail. … Continue reading

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Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch promotes planting Milkweeds as a way to help save the Monarchs. This afternoon I had a chance to observe first hand why he suggests that. I watched this butterfly in the … Continue reading

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Blue Dasher on a Lily Bud

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis   Pointing the abdomen strait up like this is called obelisking. Dragonflies do that on hot days like today. The raised abdomen reduces the surface area so there is less solar gain. I took this picture this … Continue reading

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