Aug. 5, 2021

On the road again

I took another long-day trip south yesterday to see what I could. This is one discovery. Welcome? I suppose we all decide that for ourselves. This was among many normal yellow ox-eyes in one preserve. A little research turned up a cultivated variety that looks much like this. Horticulture is happy that they came up with this variety that faithfully reproduces by itself. Now, we suspect those pesky pollinators won't agree to leaving that pollen in the gardens. For myself, I'm a little ambivalent. They sure are eye-catching. But will our natural yellow populations of yellow ox-eyes eventually look more like this? So who gets to be happy? Horticulralists or naturalist?