Prairie – June 16, 2013

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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.

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.

The next day’s flowers are already queued up underneath.

 

Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) is another morning bloomer that fades by afternoon.

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.

Showy Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa) blooms in the evening and closes in the morning.

 

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) with morning dew.

Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) with morning dew.

 

Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) with bee buried in its flower.

Smooth Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) with bee buried in its flower.

 

Closeup of Smooth Penstemon flower.

Closeup of Smooth Penstemon flower.

 

Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) blooms early but doesn't last very long.

Lance Leaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is one of the first to bloom but doesn’t last very long.

 

 

2 Comments
  1. Corner Garden Sue July 30, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I enjoyed your photos. I have a few kinds of penstemons, but don’t remember if I have smooth. It sure is a good looking bloom! I just have a couple lanceleaf coreopsis plants. I am deadheading them, hoping they will bloom for a longer period.

  2. Mike Suiter August 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I didn’t get any good pictures but Smooth Penstemon put on a nice white show this spring. I also put down Penstemon grandiflorus seed in December 2011 but think my conditions might not be good for it.

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