The teeny, weeny grasshopper claimed the coreopsis flower for his own after the painted lady butterfly moved on to its next nectar source. In the earlier photo on the bottom, it almost looks like the grasshopper is ducking while the butterfly feeds.

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Almost torrid, very florid

It’s been warm here in Arkansas. National Weather Service records show that during February 2012 there were only four days where the temps fell to freezing or below and there were two days in February that hit 80 or higher. In January, there were only 13 days that saw lows at freezing or below and three days hit 70 or above.

The warm air and warm soil temperatures accelerated this year’s flower show.

LAVENDER -- Flower spikes reach for the sky on a gorgeous blue-sky day.
IN BLOOM -- Little lavender plants from a big box store fare surprisingly well into their second season on the mountain.
NOTHING BUT SUNSHINE -- The coreopsis that came in a native wildflower seed mix has produced blooms almost non-stop since last summer. A great choice for brown thumb gardeners like us!
YELLOWBEARD -- A colleague from the office shared cuttings from her prolific irises.

May flowers – Update

Spring’s flowers’  shining faces turn toward the sun.

Pink flower
These beautiful spires of pink flowers with large oval leaves seem to have suddenly appeared in the woods. Hope to find out what these foot-tall plants are.

We have since learned that the mystery pink flower is Streptanthus maculatus, a clasping jewelflower. This member of the mustard family grows in the Arkansas Ouachitas. According to USDA, it also grows one county in eastern Texas, but that’s disputed here: http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=250094989. It also grows in parts of Oklahoma. (its Arkansas range is pictured here: http://plants.usda.gov/java/county?state_name=Arkansas&statefips=05&symbol=STMA2)

Coreopsis flower
Last year, we planted coreopsis and other annual wildflowers. The leaves came up, but no blooms. This year, the plants came back, thriving. Today, the buds burst open.