Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It rained!

It rained last week. Nearly 2". Thank goodness! It had been nearly 3 months since the last meaningful rain. Hopefully it will mark the start of a wetter pattern to benefit our landscapes (especially our trees!). The rainfall deficit for the year is still over 7" in many places across eastern Nebraska so we've still got a long way to go. Oh, but that glorious rain was so refreshing.

Now despite the relentless heat and drought of this past summer, many fall blooming prairie plants are showing off nicely including pitcher sage (Salvia azurea) and stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida). Mother Nature knew what she was doing when the prairie evolved in this part of the world.

Pitcher sage (Salvia azurea)

Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida)