Blooms and blossoms that we normally don't see in Southern Illinois until late May to mid June. Mother Nature is in quite the rush this year!
The prairie hills and roadsides are lighting up and bursting at the seams with blossoms and blooms.
|Drifts of daisies cover the prairie hillsides|
|Masses of red clover abound along the roadways and fields|
|Wild False Indigo towers over the other prairie plants|
|More Wild False Indigo - one of my favorite blooming plants on the prairie|
|An owl feather on the narrow deer path I followed to water's edge yesterday.|
|All along the creek bank the False Solomon's Seal was sending out it's plumes of tiny star -like blossoms.|
Spiderwort, in all it's various shades from pink- to purple dotted the forest floor - looking as if someone had taken a violet hued paintbrush and splattered it across the landscape.
|The taller lighter hued spiderwort at the edges of woods and along the roadways, fence lines, and fence rows.|
|Everything is overdrive - this spiderwort shows an unusual number of blossoms and buds|
|The pink shorter woodland variety of spiderwort|
|The berry patches look to be making a promise of buckets of berries for the picking this year|
From berries to bee balm; the woods and thickets just don't seem to be grasping that it isn't even May yet!
|Bradbury's Bee Balm - noted for the tiny purple spots on the blossoms|
|Large masses of bee balm are lighting up the less jungle like areas of the forests|
The only plant even halfway close to being "on schedule" that I encountered was the Tulip Poplar, that normally blooms in May, albeit a little later in May than the first week. Upon closer inspection, some of the blossoms on this tree were already past prime and beginning to fade.
Again - Please slow it down Mother Nature!
|The yellow or tulip poplar - locally known as the "tulip tree" because of it's tulip like blossoms.|
I'm planning on doing some creek bottom, rock hopping , exploration tomorrow in some counties a bit to the north. I'll be anxious to see if Mother Nature is kicking into fast forward there too!