After a pretty good drought last year which continued through winter, we’ve had good rainfall this spring and are finally out of drought status. Even though we’ve had consistent rains, we had a cool spring, and prairie growth is about 2 weeks later than it was last year. Right now blooms are just starting.
I took these pictures on an overcast morning and tried to match their natural lighting when processing.
Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) blooms early in the morning and closes by mid-day. Deer seem to love this wildflower.
The next day’s flowers are already queued up underneath.
Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) is another morning bloomer that fades by afternoon.
Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) blooms in the evening and closes in the morning.
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) with morning dew.
Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) with bee buried in its flower.
Closeup of Smooth Penstemon flower.
Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is one of the first to bloom but doesn’t last very long.