Summer’s last blooms on the prairie…

This is indeed the heart Chicago; specifically the Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park Chicago. Phew, thats a long title. Color still shows in the prairie with Goldenrod and New England Asters highlighting the scene. Both are native prairie species. Illinois is known as the Prairie state although less than ten percent of native prairie lands remain. Restored prairie lands such as this sanctuary help remind us of what the lands used to look like while also help provide habitat for wildlife. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Goldenrod, which does not cause the autumn allergens that many attribute to this plant, is a bright, welcome end of summer bloom in the native prairie. Ragweed is the autumn allergen culprit; and no where near as pretty. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Native Wingstem (Verbesina alternifolia) clusters of blooms and seedheads are”winged” in appearance. This native prairie plant is also member of the aster family though quite different from the purple New England Aster shown above. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Towards the end of summer top-heavy blooms of the Wingstem bend more and more from it’s weight and weather’s winds and storms. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
Seedheads of many prairie natives are enjoyed by birds while they add texture and interest to those passing by. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
There were still some late blooming natural bouquets that stirred my heart. Black Eyed Susans were accompanied by the lavender Obediant Plant. A favorite of mine, read why it’s called Obediant Plant here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg


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