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.
And the people who value the wildflowers so much that they take them home never stop to realize that they are robbing others of the same enjoyment.
Wild flowers should be left for all to enjoy. It's a shame people can't respect this rule. they are such beautiful flowers.
These are some of the prettiest flowers I've ever seen! No wonder they're your favorites. I'm so glad that somebody is helping to keep them going rather than taking them away. You're the best! :-)
Lady Slipper Rustlers... need to hang 'em high.
Those are the most beautiful flowers.
People have stolen many flowers from our top farm. There are too many butts running loose anymore.
Have a great day.
So pretty- and I agree with you about the bums.
Just love love the lady slippers and still awed at the size of them!
They are so lovely.
Lovely flowers, Connie. :-)
some people just don't think. We don't have much natural stuff left and they're not making it anymore.
Such a wonderful clump of those beauties. I'm glad you've taken care of them and preserved them all these years.
Too bad you can't catch the ones that are doing that...what a shame. And so many of the plants don't make it after being dug up. Here in Canada it's illegal to take them from the wild...they should post a sign near the clumps to let people know that there.
Fun to compare the flower bed now and then. Yes, your ladyslippers have multiplied!
They are beautiful flowers. It is a shame they are being dug up. People!
I am amazed by your lady slippers every time you show them!
That's always the added bonus for wildflowers like that. Of course, that's what I always liked about daylilies, too...but I guess they don't exactly qualify as wildflowers...but they spread, just the same.
Beautiful photos :)
I love that you have an old picture to put with the new. What a treat!
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