It’s really ironic to note that no matter what the seasonal engine making spring happen still turns regardless of circumstances. As May progresses into June, a slew of spring wildflowers graces the landscape no matter where you live. In town, you might find wild strawberry or purple dead nettle while the countryside offers wild ginger or columbine. Pennsylvania’s native, ephemeral wildflowers appear for a short time during spring, and provide food for helpful pollinators when other sources are scarce.
Learn about some of the wildflowers you may encounter on a walk in your neighborhood or backyard by clicking on this short and informative video: https://youtu.be/t_bH49B-zkY
NATURE NUGGET: The ever present dandelion was actually imported from Europe for its medicinal and edible qualities. It is also the only flower that will blossom in every month of the year!
NATURE QUOTE: Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
“Porcupine Pat” McKinney is environmental education coordinator for the Schuylkill Conservation District and provides programming for people of all ages with an emphasis on schools, public programming and nature center development. “Porcupine Pat” hails from Marion, Ohio and has a BS with Distinction in Natural Resources – Environmental Interpretation from Ohio State. He is a recipient of the prestigious Sandy Cochran Award for Excellence in Natural Resources Education from the PA Forestry Association, the Schuylkill Pride Award, and the PAEE “Outstanding Environmental Educator Award.”