Thursday, June 11, 2009

The First Flower of Summer

To me, spiderwort is the first prairie flower of summer. There are prairie flowers that bloom earlier, but when I see my first spiderwort of the season, I feel like summer has arrived. Spiderwort knows what is good for us, for she blooms only in the morning of a sunny day, soon turning her petals into an unattractive glob as the day heats up, encouraging us to take our prairie walk in the cooler morning. But on a rainy day, she keeps her flowers longer, rewarding us for venturing forth into the cool drizzle.

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