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Horsemint Colony with Firewheels 5402

It was June 4, less than a week ago, when I photographed this colony of horsemints (Monarda citriodora) with some firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) mixed in along Bull Creek Rd. across from Jackson Ave.

Here’s an amusing but sad commentary on this dense colony of wildflowers, which is on a property that belongs to TxDoT, the Texas Department of Transportation. That’s the same department that issues contracts for mowing state highways, and you’ve heard me complain about how often mowers cut down plants that haven’t yet flowered or produced seeds. When I photographed the colony in today’s picture (which is larger than what you see here) I couldn’t help noticing it was surrounded on the ground by those bright yellow caution tapes that you see around the sites of accidents or crimes. Apparently someone was afraid—understandably—that without the conspicuous caution tape, mowers might go right ahead and mow down the wildflowers.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 10, 2015 at 5:14 AM

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