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New Life on the Prairie

May 31, 2019

By: Barb Holtz

If you’re a fan of musicals, Camelot belts a tune entitled the Lusty Month of May. Granted the lyrics outline the raciness of spring and frivolity between lads and lasses. But the lines, “Whence this fragrance wafting through the air? What sweet feelings does it's scent transmute? Whence this perfume floating everywhere?” tell of the best part of May’s unfolding scene – flowery scents, earthy breezes, the smell of green.

Nest boxes fill with fluffy almost-fledglings and sprouts don a variety of hues. It’s the magical time of year when impatience is answered with new life. That palmate, copper-red Queen of the Prairie leaf pumping up to full-size green in support of a later-to-come pink, cotton candy bloom. Iris leaves stabbing their way through the soil, warming up to welcome purple and yellow flowers in weeks to come.

I imagine bees and butterflies cheering from the sidelines, ready to belly up to the fully blossomed prairie as months progress. (I know you’re imaging what a bee cheer sounds like right now. I am!) Make no mistake, your yard matters to these spectators. Your flora choices matter to these fans. Your yard is their yard. So make your patch your own but plant with pollinators in mind. Plant native. Maintain toxin-free. Bee friendly.

Green iris leaves rising to pierce the cerulean sky.
Queen of the Prairie unfolding in blush.
Baby Bluebirds waiting for a snack!

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