|sweet fuzzy toddler prairie dock|
|Tweenaged prairie dock|
The wild hyacinth and shooting star are gone; in their place, pale beardstongue and prairie rose, among others, fulfill the role of graceful plants low to the ground.
|Shooting star and hyacinth fields in May|
|Shooting star, May|
|Shooting star, June|
Tougher-stalked, higher blooms abound--coneflowers, false quinine.
The wild white indigo has unfolded its pea-family leaves extravagantly, leaving no indication of its former strong resemblance to asparagus. Blossoms have started, too.
|Wild white indigo in May|
|Wild white indigo in June|
|The first blooms - June|
Black-eyed susans, indian plantain, and tall compass plant blooms are making themselves known.
Rattlesnake masters' distinctive leaves were visible in May...now here come their buds, in June.
|Rattlesnake master, May|
|Rattlesnake master bud, June|
There are also sprays of tiny blooms this month: pale clouds of bedstraw, scurfy pea, and baby budding leadplant. There are milkweed (common and butterfly) and prairie phlox, lots of spiderwort and false sunflower, and so much more. All props go to Schulenberg Prairie in Morton Arboretum, an incredible place. Many conservative plants--rare plants that were once numerous before we paved and grazed every square mile of the Midwest, but that cannot survive in disturbed areas--reside there.
The June photos are from a guided walk with Cindy Crosby at Morton Arboretum. I love these walks, as I learn so much more, and so much faster, than I would going on my own and looking up each of these blooms. I in fact have a folder full unidentified-plant photos from each unaccompanied visit. I look forward to the day I can skim through and add names to each, wondering to myself how I ever could have not known these old friends.
Speaking of, can anyone identify this May flower?
Twitter have kindly identified this plant as white blue-eyed grass. Thanks, guys!