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“ I (heart shape) Nebraska Wildflowers” # 17a
One hundred and fifty years ago, pioneers to Nebraska were greeted by something the indigenous peoples of the state already enjoyed, prairie wildflowers. Many of those same plants can still be found in parks, roadsides, farmlands and hiking trails today. I mark the passing of the seasons by the appearance of some of my favorite Nebraska wildflowers as we travel across the state. A few that I look for are the Blue Flag Iris, the Prairie Rose, the Black-eyed Susan and the Purple Poppy Mallow and they are always there, growing by the road in the same place every year. In my own garden I grow some of these same flowers that I imagine were picked for a bouquet by the women who lived here long before me. Time passes but some things connect us to the past and hold a promise to be there in the future. In my heart it is the Nebraska wildflower.