Bob, one of our Prairie Guys, stepped out of the prairie long enough to write this for us! Enjoy!
Here it is, June 1st already, only 21 days until Summer officially begins!
As has been the case of late, it has been a strange weather year. Temperatures in the 50's one day and mid 80's the next! Droughts in some places, floods in others. Who can keep track? The great thing about native plants is that they have lived through years like this before and and work in these conditions and still thrive!
We have seen the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) come and go along with most of the other spring ephemerals. Prairie species like Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) and Blue Flag Iris (Iris Versicolor) are in full bloom here in Northeastern Ohio with others like Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) close behind.
Early surveys have put this year a little behind as far as getting native seedings installed in early Spring to establish, mainly due to cooler soil temperatures. Established sites are growing quickly now and are well on their way to becoming a haven for birds, bees, butterflies and more!
After a long,hard winter this is the perfect opportunity to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy all that late spring has to offer! Make sure you get out and see some native areas or create a plan to start your own this fall! Whether you are an experienced native plant enthusiast or a beginner in this area, it's fun and interesting to learn about your native world.
Be sure to check out our social media pages often. This time of year, we're always updating with what's in bloom and our pollinator friends that come visit. Look for #WildflowerWednesday all season long. Your pictures are always welcome! We love to see native plants in any environment whether it's a wide open prairie or in mulch beds around your house. It all matters and it's making a difference.