I have a few more summer wildflowers pictures from the cache my prairie restoring friend Gary gave me. The prairie he planted several years ago now continues to expand on its own through self seeding. It is a joy to see in all seasons but especially in late summer and fall.
This variety of prickly pear cactus grows, suprisingly, to many Minnesotans in the southwestern corner of the state in places like Blue Mounds State Park. I must have grown it in the backyard of my former oak shaded house for twenty years. It never flowered. I gave a cutting to Gary, who planted it on a sunny south facing slope, near his newly restored prairie. Two years later it had many of these beautiful yellow flowers. It had found a proper home.