Shaw Prairie Stroll 7.15.14

An evening stroll through the prairie at Shaw Nature Reserve…

So many different varieties of wildflowers!

So many different varieties of wildflowers!

And the smell! Flowery, fresh summer; the most fragrant stroll!

Shaw is one of my favorite places.

Shaw is one of my favorite places.

Wildflowers in the cool breeze.

Wildflowers in the cool breeze.

Cool breeze? On July 15th?! It’s 70 degrees!

Different areas of the prairie seemed to have different combinations of wildflowers.

Different areas of the prairie seemed to have different combinations of wildflowers.

In this one particular area there were tons of blazing stars (the purple stalk that looks like a pipe cleaner) just beginning to bloom.

In this one particular area there were tons of blazing stars (the purple stalk that looks like a pipe cleaner) just beginning to bloom.

Bright white blooms

Bright white blooms

We only saw a few of this type.

We only saw a few of this type.

Running through the prairie.

Running through the prairie.

And stopping to...

And stopping to…

watch...

watch…

the clouds.

the clouds.

These were some of my favorites.

These were some of my favorites.

Another view.

Another view.

More pretty white flowers.

More pretty white flowers.

There were lots of these frilly flowers.

There were lots of these frilly flowers.

Looks like and orange version of the milkweed in Spy Garden.

Looks like an orange version of the milkweed in Spy Garden.

Rich purple

Rich purple

Grass

Grass

The Rothko Shot

The Rothko Shot

Restroom Break!

Restroom Break!

Yes the green roof does look great and man, those bathrooms were sparkling clean!

Yes, the green roof does look great and man, those bathrooms were sparkling clean!

Be wery, wery quiet we're hunting wabbits.

Be wery, wery quiet we’re hunting wabbits.

Sneaky.

Sneaky.

Vibrant

Vibrant

Cheery Yellow

Cheery Yellow

Tons of variations of black-eyed-Susan-type flowers...

Tons of variations of black-eyed-Susan-type flowers…

Including this unusual variety...

Including this unusual variety…

Another.

Another.

Teepee

Teepee

Walking

Walking

These were awesome!

These were awesome!

Some of the wildflowers remind me of orchids

Some of the wildflowers remind me of orchids.

To see Shaw in winter click here.

To see the playground at Shaw click here.

To learn more about Shaw and the Missouri Botanical Garden click here.

12 thoughts on “Shaw Prairie Stroll 7.15.14

  1. Holistic Wayfarer

    Is that (first) yellow with the crimson center a wildflower? Wow. I’m not sure if I could use any of these but I’m in the market for a photo that would go with the poem brewing in my head. On the chance I’d like to use any of your shots, may I do so with a link-back to your blog in the caption?

    Diana

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  3. narf77

    Your gorgeous wildflowers are all exotics here. Where they grow wild in your woods and fields here we have to hide them behind fences as they are SO delicious to our own native animals. Love this post, full of the fecundity of mid summer :)

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  4. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    I’ve never seen the prairie when it’s green — I always go in the fall! Do you need IDs on some of those flowers? You didn’t list names but that may have been by design… I’ll contribute anyway: The spiky ones you like right after the cloud photos is “rattlesnake master” Eryngium yuccafolium. Frilly purple flowers looks like Monarda of some sort (Wild Bergamot?). The orange flowers are butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa, and the unusual coneflowers with the tall “eyes” might be Ratibida columnifera, aka “mexican hat”.

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks a lot for the ID’s…I didn’t actually know any of those (except the butterfly weed). LOVE the name “Rattlesnake Master” that’s great!

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  5. Eliza Waters

    Oh, my gosh, I would have gone crazy here! SO many beautiful wildflowers and amazing prairie habitat, MBG just keeps going up and up in my book! Thanks for the tour! (Definitely going on the bucket list!)

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