We had some snow here a few days ago. It was early, and I am not really ready for it. But the bluebirds are–they have been gone for some time.
Their house will serve nicely for deer mice for the winter, before we clean it out for the return of the bluebirds next year.
Prairie plants have taken on a whole new look. This is compass plant–an area of the stem just below where the flower used to be.
The energy the plant collected in the summer goes into the long taproot, and into seed production. The dried stems and leaves continue to stand, but I don’t think they have much value for the continued survival of the plant.