Category Archive for "Flowers"

Our Bees LOVE Joe Pye

Indian Creek Nature Center

Land steward Jean Wiedenheft loves to take photos of  “her” bees on our flowers around the grounds and the bees have been going crazy for the Joe Pye weed out back. It’s really not a weed at all and has…

Ephemeral Favorites with Intriguing Stories

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jan waxes poetic about the beautiful wildflowers springing up around our grounds… The fairyland quality of the vernal woods draws many wildflower lovers.   Oak-hickory woodland floors are sprinkled with subtle hues of ephemeral wildflowers dancing with the wind.   Ephemeral means…

Plant Sale

Indian Creek Nature Center

Dana wants you to know about our big Plant Sale! It goes on … rain, snow or shine! Celebrate the gardening season and support Iowa’s only privately-funded Nature Center by attending our annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5,…

After the Rain

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean was out inspecting the trails following our big rains last week and offered these observations… The recent rains, while much-needed, have brought down some trees across the trails. The sunshine and lack of wind today finally provided a big…

Spreading Labyrinth Love

Indian Creek Nature Center

On a sunny Saturday morning, a curious gathering of pilgrims, eager to learn more about labyrinths, met at Indian Creek Nature Center.  After a brief overview and orientation, they began their journey at the Nature Center’s Prairie Labyrinth.  The birds…

No, not THAT newt

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean has been out and about again…this time on the hunt for salamanders! Last year, Margaret asked a question I had never even thought about. Why don’t we see salamanders here? Until recently, with the creation of the north ephemeral…

Ginger…or Maryanne?

Indian Creek Nature Center

Jean has been out making more discoveries around the grounds… Wild ginger traditionally begins flowering in April, so I was somewhat surprised to see the deep red of its blossoms against the brown dirt of March. It is flowering under…

Sharing Seeds

Indian Creek Nature Center

It gets pretty busy around the Nature Center in the fall as our lush prairie flowers and grasses turn to seed.  It wasn’t always that way.  When we began our prairie restoration back in the late 70’s, we battled weeds…

Rain, rain…go away (slowly)

Indian Creek Nature Center

If you’ve visited the Nature Center anytime since last fall, you know we’ve been in the process of revamping our parking lot. What you may NOT know is that it was a project designed to help reduce the amount of…

Plant Sale Saturday, May 1st!

Indian Creek Nature Center

Come one, come all! The Nature Center’s spring plant sale is Saturday, May 1st from 9 AM until Noon! Vendors from around the area and our own fund-raising group (The Guild) will be offering native plants and seeds, perennials, herbs…