Sultry Morning in the Forest

By Boak Wiesner Escaping the heat of an early summer morning, I slip into the deep woods of the Wildflower Garden. The dense foliage lets through only a little light which dapples the forest floor. The sun peeps through the leaves overhead. Here amongst the handful of Hemlocks, I’m reminded of how much this little…

Hot and Tall; Long Summer Days!

By Greg Lecker The hot and wet weather has driven the growing heights and biomass of plants.  Reaching Grace Dayton Wildflower Garden, I head directly to the showy lady’s slippers – and I sadly discover that their pink and white blooms are past peak and fading fast.  I will investigate the larger clump at Green…

Springing into Summer

By Mary Beth Pottratz As I enter the Arboretum, an Eyed Click Beetle flew right into our car. The two-inch long black beetle with white mottling has two huge white rings around a pair of black spots. This gives the appearance of large eyes, presumably scaring away predators. If it lands on its back, it…

A Sunny Morning’s Quick Jaunt

By Boak Wiesner Abundant wildflowers greet me eye as I head out onto the prairie. The deep purple of some Long-bracted Spiderwort punctuates the greenness. A small fly crawling amongst the stamens reminds me of the fecundity of the season as it carries pollen from one blossom to the next. If you’ve been all bit…