Now is a perfect time go out on the Nature Trails to see wildflowers in bloom! The trails are lined with delicate, native Petunias as well as other species of flower in many color ranges. I was particularly taken by the small purple color Peas, called the “Purple Butterfly Pea.” These viney, climbing little Pea plants are all along the trails. At one point I noticed a little Bouquet of native flowers all entwined in one another.
My image below shows a Purple Butterfly Pea running up a wild Sensitive Plant, on its own a delicate looking plant with dainty alternating leaflets and small yellow flowers. The Sensitive Plant flowers Spring, Summer, Fall and into early Winter. The Butterfly Pea flowers Spring and Summer – I’ve seen quite a few Peas in bloom here in Lehigh, mainly in wild unkept lots where it is dry.
Too many people seem to think, or I should say have been conditioned, via TV, Homeowners and Condo Associations, Media etc.. that if it’s not a green grass, highly manicured, of a certain height, it is to eliminated from existence. What an absolute shame… a shame for the native species that miss out on homes, and a shame for the amount of water and pesticides it takes for maintaining these little perceived “Oases” of green. If left to her own devices Mother Nature will provide a beautiful landscape that needs little maintenance, and provide homes for many species. Everything in Nature is dependant on something else for existence.