Now completing our 69th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary*
Current Issue of The Fringed Gentian™
Newsletter archive - all back issues.
Summer issue in July
Eloise Butler gets stranded in Wisconsin, hitch-hikes on a rail handcar, begs for funds. Article.
A tale of how it came into the Wildflower Garden.
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Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
Can you identify this Summer flowering plant?
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Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.
A set of thumbnail photos of the early Summer plants with links to identification pages.
And now, in the heat of June,
With her sudden life and light,
With the fullness of her noon,
With the silence of her night,
The rosebud loosens her outer dress
And blushes in fainting loveliness;
Nor opens her heart to the common air,
Nor shows you her inmost light,
But leaves you to dream what is hidden there
With the dews of the falling night.
“They then halted for dinner; Captain Lewis, who had been for some days afflicted with dysentery, was now attacked with violent pains, attended by a high fever, and was unable to go on. He therefore camped for the night under some willow-boughs. Having brought no medicine, he determined to try an experiment with the small twigs of the choke-cherry, which being stripped of their leaves and cut into pieces about two inches long, were boiled in pure water, till they produced a strong black decoction of an astringent bitter taste; a pint of this he took at sunset, and repeated the dose an hour afterward. By ten o'clock he was perfectly relieved from pain, a gentle perspiration ensued, his fever abated, and in the morning he was quite recovered.”
William Clark, June 11, 1805, History of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.