Here in south central Kansas, it's not been the best of days to get good bloom photos: windy and mostly overcast. However, I did what I could...and I am cheating just a bit by adding in a few photos from yesterday. I figure that the flowers are still in bloom today, so it's not too out of line!
I'm new to this meme, so perhaps a quick introduction is in order. On the prairie, where we live, conditions can get tough and stressful for plants. While around here we all yearn to be able to grow ferns and woodland plants, blue hydrangeas and a wide variety of evergreens, the truth is that only the sturdiest of plants will survive our climate. Since I'm out in the country, that is especially true in my gardens. If it needs to be pampered, it doesn't make it here!
Both because of the difficult prairie growing conditions and because I'm naturally interested in the animals around me, as well as the plants, I focus primarily on native plants. We are lucky enough to have 10 acres, which we moved onto about 6 years ago, and we are working to restore tall grass prairie on about 7 of those acres. Up near the house, though, I just garden for fun and beauty.