“Earth laughs in flowers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
In an earlier post I wrote about how the prairie laughs in waves of flowers. As we pass through fall the prairie laughs its last laugh before the snow flies. And the colors of the last laugh are purple and white… with lots of asters everywhere. Asters blanket sections of the prairie and in other areas they mingle with the grasses.
The very last to bloom in the prairie is the stiff-gentian. Stiff-gentian is a short plant growing on the remnant amongst the little blue stem and prairie dropseed.
While the bright flowers of spring, summer and fall will be missed, every season in the prairie provides a new interest.