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Hello everyone and welcome to the inferno err......I mean summer. It looks like we are in for a heatwave during the next few days so everyone be careful if you are outside and drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen.  Only time will tell if our rainy days are over.  We have a great meeting this month with Michael Eason talking about his new book he is working on about plants of the Trans-Pecos area.  For those who haven't met him, he is an extremely experienced botanist and photographer that has worked for the San Antonio Botanical Garden, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and done countless plant surveys of both private and public land.  He also came last year and showed us his book called Wildflowers of Texas, in which they are many species that had never been photographed or put in a wildflower guide before.  If you haven't bought it yet, I highly recommend it.  He will be bringing some books if anyone wants to buy them.   The meeting will be held at the Temple Public Library on the 3rd floor at 6:15 pm on Thursday July 25th,  and all those working for Master Gardener or Naturalist certification will receive 1 hour of credit for attending.  Hope to see y'all there!
Photo by Stephen Powell

Photos by Ilse Meier
Hill County Rest Area after replanting some of the natives June 15, 2019
Not very common dark Basket-Flower (Centaurea Americana) original seeds from Burleson Prairie
Wand milkweed (Asclepias viridiflora) on Meier property

Here's a photo from the Dorn's property of an all yellow Indian blanket that I got excited to see while I was there :)
Photo by Stephen Powell