Springing into Summer

By Mary Beth Pottratz A curvy pink sliver of moon peeks through my blinds before dawn, escorting the last day of spring offstage. It waits patiently to usher in the first day of summer this afternoon. And an unusual spring this was. Would the Spring Peeper Meadow be washed out from our deluge of rains…

Watery Weekend Weather for Father’s Day

By Greg Lecker Our June rains continue; and with them, winds! But for patient Minnesotans ready to pounce at the slightest brightening of skies come rewards. Just after lunch on Father’s Day, overcast conditions yield to partly cloudy skies. Arriving at the Arboretum, I’m happy that my vehicle has all-wheel drive and high clearance –…

Lush

By Mary Beth Pottratz Tulips are shouting their last hurrahs while the irises carry the color flags at the Arboretum today. The warm temperatures and heavy rains have brought trees, grasses, shrubs and forbs to a million lush shades of green. Young Maria admires tall purple tulips. Her brother Joey rolls down a grassy knoll,…