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May Showers and May Flowers

The final week of May brought rain after weeks of fairly dry weather. Four species of plants are blooming in the butterfly garden. Let's take a look!

Copper Iris

Most of the Copper Iris flowers have already faded, like the one immediately underneath the bloom and to the left. Some get knocked down in a heavy downpour, but this one held strong! 

 

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflowers in the butterfly garden started blooming in the last few days of May.

 

Indigo Bush

An Indigo Bush has dozens of individual flowers on a structure called a raceme, like the one above at Oakhill's butterfly garden. They do not look like much from several feet away but when you examine them closely you can see half-centimeter purple tubes with bright orange anthers (structures which make the pollen). In the upper left, you can see the pale blue flowers of the Eastern Blue Star. 

 

Underwater

The rains on May 26-May 28 soaked the butterfly garden, but fortunately our students did a great job picking out plants that survive temporary floods and help water percolate into the soil.

Check back next week for an in-depth look at how the butterfly garden weathers a rainstorm! 

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