Hottest day of the year at Fossil Gardens

Today, the temperature rose to 102°. This has been a rugged stretch of heat and humidity. Most of the plants here at Fossil Gardens seem to be doing OK, though. The tallgrass prairie plants look great, especially ones planted a few years ago. The huge black walnut tree, that towers over the garden, has been losing leaves and walnuts for a couple of weeks now. I pick up dozens of the ankle-turning nuts daily.

The pond is thriving. Lots of insect activity. Beautiful blue dasher dragonflies joust for position. The resident bullfrogs let loose with their deep drones at night. Birds visit the cool water constantly.