Whilst going through a old photo album, I found a polaroid photo that Far Guy’s Dad took of the Showy Ladys Slippers back in 1989. The Ladys Slippers were found blooming on both sides of a log in the yard back behind the house at the resort.
Looks like about six blooms 26 years ago.
2015 Showy Ladys Slippers
You can see how the clump has progressed from 2 blooms in 1987 to what it looked like this year.
This is what is possible if wildflowers are left alone and allowed to grow.
This June when we went by the hill over at Snellman Minnesota, I commented that there seemed to be less Ladys Slippers…someone said that the hillside was pockmarked with holes. It is illegal to dig wildflowers from the roadway, BUT some people still do it…the bums.