Welcome to South Dakota on October 15th Garden Bloggers Bloom Day! Our USDA Zone 4-5a region has been dry at the end of summer, but recent rains enhance leaf color.
On this Sunday afternoon, we’re enjoying the outdoors at Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, a South Dakota state park. Near the park entrance, turning maples catch our eye.
Native grasses here are in bloom or maturing to seed. In our region, at the western edge of the tall grass prairie, some tall and some mid-height grasses grow easily. This 4 feet, stiff – stem grass is called Indian grass. The seed head is thought to resemble a feather.
Little bluestem is about 2.5 feet tall and its stems will likely turn a red/blue in coming weeks.
It’s such a beautiful day that we stop for picnic break.
Ash trees seem to be in full yellow attire and cottonwoods that we see are not quite full yellow. Sumac and grey dogwoods are red. What more could you ask for than a beautiful day by the Missouri River?
Thanks for visiting our Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for October 15th. We hope you’ll visit Plant Exchange again next week. If you’re ready to see what’s in bloom in Indiana and elsewhere in the United States and with garden bloggers around the world, just go to Carol’s October 15th post at May Dreams Gardens and then note the big list of other links at the end of her post for you to see too. Have fun!