Native plants are in full bloom around our newest wetland retention pond on the farm. The pond stores all the rainwater from the barn roofs and gutters from the house. The uplands and lowlands were planted with native plants from Greg's Native Plant Nursery purchased at the Ann Arbor Farmer's market, and some I grew myself.
This picture was taken this summer which for us in southern Hillsdale County was a major drought. We missed ALL the rains Ann Arbor had. Our last significant rain was in May. And then nothing except a tenth until this week. A long, hot, dry summer but the native plant meadow was fantastic.
(note: Kathy Melmoth of Recipe Gardens is the classiest of the plant vendors at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market)