The Liatris are starting to bloom, which marks beginning of Late Summer here in the foothills. Funny thing, with last spring having been so wet, I expected a wildflower explosion. And the summer has been fairly rainy, although with a hot and dry period in July.
Nope. Where are the wild geraniums? Golden banner? Where are [fill in the blank]? Some asters, vetches, locoweed, yarrow . . . they showed up.
At higher altitudes, there is much more profusion. We must have been in some kind of meteorlogical "doughnut hole" again.
|The Magyar Menace|
Fun fact: Smooth brome was imported from Hungary in 1884. Some consider it invasive, but the ranchers seem to like it. Not like cheatgrass, in other words, which is a brome too but which is evil.
What are some alternatives? The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources suggested these natives:
- Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
- Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
- Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)
- Prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)
- Bluejoint (Calamagrostis canadensis)
And the bears!
That was Early Summer. Now it is Late Summer, mushroom season. More to come about all that.