You've seen the creek that runs along my backyard and might be wondering...what's across the creek? It's a utility easement with a vacant field beyond. Boring? Well, that depends on whether you see native plants as wildflowers or weeds. This area is surprisingly undisturbed given all the development around here and I enjoy searching for and observing native plants back there. Commercial development is moving this way and soon this spot will be under a parking lot or building.
Here are a few photos of the plants and butterflies I found on a recent walk to see how the plants are rebounding from our long drought.
Black Swallowtail butterfly heading to a small blue flower I can't identify yet
Prairie Phlox which I will try to collect seeds from. This is the first time I remember seeing the phlox here.
This Pink Evening Primrose is interesting because a bug apparently bored through the bud and creating round holes in each petal. Almost looks as if someone used a hole punch on it.
Gulf Fritillary butterfly on Prairie Verbena, the verbena has been especially beautiful this year.
So far things are looking really good back there this year. I don't remember seeing any swallowtails or fritillaries last year so it was encouraging to see the wildflowers and butterflies returning to this area after two years of really rough weather.