It is the time when many native plants are beginning to bloom. We are also seeing some invasive non-natives as well. The showy violet color of the Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) is now exploding in our area. Don’t be fooled by its flashy show, it is extremely invasive and has taken over some of our native grasslands in the area. It is a Eurasian immigrant and spreads rapidly by seed. Not so many years ago it was sold at garden centers as an early summer perennial. It has since escaped into the wild and competes with native species.
While fishing on a small local lake, I was fortunate to have one of our more famous native rodents swim past me. A yearling beaver seemed to have little fear as he swam by in the glassy smooth water of a recent evening. Meanwhile the deer have taken on their rusty- red summer color and are easy to spot as they contrast against the brilliant green of summer.