2 Peter 2:
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
One bad thing about writing posts ahead is you sometimes have to go back to make an edit or two because what you wrote is no longer true. This is one such case. When I originally wrote this, I bemoaned the fact that only the Swamp Milkweed came back of all the natives we put in one spot. Our Cow Slobber was nowhere to be seen. Nor have we seen any Hibiscus. For the Milkweed to come back was pretty amazing, though, since they all were covered in Oleander Aphids last summer. They were all over Common Milkweed, too.
Today (16 June), I was greeted with a surprise when I went to the south yard to replace an orange half. I saw bits of purple-ish blue in our native patch. And you guessed it. Our Cow Slobber has bloomed!! This photo is not our Cow Slobber, but some over at Neal Smith.
The more we enjoy birds, the more we appreciate any effort in bringing back what has been lost due to man’s actions. In this case, it is our government. We are aware of restorations at all levels-local up to federal.
Most recently, we’ve visited the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge which has over 8,600 acres. Much of this is restored prairie using plantings native to Iowa. It is a beautiful and amazing place. Some day, I hope we can go there as a family so we can take our time. For some reason, this last field trip seemed rushed.
The Prairie Learning Center is wildlife friendly allowing for the nesting of Cliff and Barn Swallows on its building. Many businesses and residential areas discourage such activity, not aware that these birds are great bug control agents. They just cannot overlook a little poop and mud. But what a glorious sculpture of mud it is!
Protecting and restoring habitat should never be a political issue. It is an issue of doing the right thing. In cases like this I can be grateful for President Bill Clinton, who signed an executive order to bring native grasses and flowers to our roadsides. This is to try and replace all the brome grass that was planted earlier.