Winter Plants

Darn, it was cloudy this morning. Certainly I have my fingers crossed for a clear morning tomorrow (Jan 4th).

At exactly 6:53am I looked out the backdoor for the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. Clouds! Try the link to see all the meteor showers for 2024.
I knew it would be unlikely to see any meteors since the forecast had been for fog. We didn’t have fog. And no clouds were showing up on the radar either. Nonetheless we had the clouds. I will try again in the morning. However the forecast for Jan. 4th’s morning also has the same forecast. Fingers crossed for Thursday morning.
Yesterday it was cold enough that our Frostweed still had a bit of frosting going on.

The Nodding Ladies-tresses (Spiranthes cernua) was still standing but going to seed.

The sepals made for a nice contrast with the brown flowers.
It has been a crazy year for the plants. The old flower stalk still standing; next year’s leaves emerging now.
The Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) with its fern-like leaves have emerged.
Thistle (Cirsium) rosettes are up as well!

Western Horse Nettle (Solanum dimidiatum) yellow fruits adds a pop of color for the winter prairie!

All tuna hands waving!
When a Prickly Pear Cactus turns colors it is so pretty. However I doubt the cactus thought it was a good thing.

The cactus’ pads have soft winkles. However beware of the glochids (tiny brown bristles). They are a bear to get out. I have even thrown away gloves that I managed to get them in.

And here Jeanne shares her armadillo encounter. She told me it made her jump! Just watch, I would have too. 🙂

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Keep looking!

The more you know, the more you see and the more you see, the more you know


  1. Cloudy and overcast here too until about 3pm when the sun showed through in a few places. We had 1.1 inches rain yesterday which was about double of other areas around us so we were lucky. One of the construction worker trucks almost got stuck in the red clay this morning.
    I too have had to throw away gloves because of the glochid thorns. Impossible to find them.
    Our frostweed is still green. Each freeze has been brief and only 29-30.
    Jeanne, you should have grabbed that tail! Once they are in a hole those claws can hold on tight. It is amazing to feel their power when you try to pull them out. You can’t.

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