"… to be used for nature study and as a preserve for birds and other wildlife."- Carmen Hambleton Warner
A great example of what, you may ask? Well, it’s none other than a great example of why we should plant native plants. I’ll explain:
We can all agree that it is quite dry out there, yes? Is your garden flower or otherwise suffering? I know I’ve been watering my veggie garden quite a bit! Well, my flower gardens at home and our native plantings here at the preserve are doing okay! I won’t exaggerate, they don’t look the greatest, but the plants are blooming and looking just fine, all without any extra watering. That is one of the benefits of planting plants that are indigenous to your area, they require less care. They are adapted to your environment, sometimes drought and all. Now if things got really, really, dry, then of course all the plants will suffer, native or not.
So I say all this to prepare you for the long list of summer wildflowers that are currently in bloom. There is lots of color and interesting shapes and textures!
Pink and Red Bee Balm (Monarda)
White and Blue Vervain
Joe Pye Weed
White Snake Root
Swamp Rose Mallow