The prairie is finally waking up (again) around here. Before last weekend’s blizzard weather, plants were starting to green up, but all that stopped for a while last weekend so we could enjoy one last (?) snowstorm. We didn’t end up with much accumulation on the Platte River, but our Niobrara Valley Preserve got over a foot of snow. Yesterday afternoon, the sun was warm and bright along the Platte, so I took a few hours to enjoy the latest reboot of spring.
It’s supposed to cool off again this weekend, but the forecast doesn’t show temperatures dropping below freezing – at least for the next week. Maybe spring will actually catch on this time? It’ll be interesting to watch plants like windflower (Anemone caroliniana) that started to grow and then got frozen off – multiple times. Will they still bloom, or will they just give up and wait for next year? Regardless, it’s sure nice to see something moving around in the prairies besides dead plant stems being blown around by the wind. Let’s go spring!