Matthaei-Nichols horticulturist Connie Crancer reports that things are stirring in the Great Lakes Garden.
According to Connie, several of the Cirsium pitcheri (Pitchers Thistle) made it through growing in 24-inch PVC tubes for two years and being planted last fall. Even better, she notes, is that there will be one in bloom this year. One is in bud. C. pitcheri is a threatened endemic species in our dunes. We don't have the beautiful magenta form as pictured below but perhaps someday we will.
Also, enjoy the show of Cypripedium parviflorum var. makasin (small yellow lady slipper) at the end of the boardwalk in the newly developing orchid area. The cages with burlap are protecting newly planted orchids.
Pictured is the magenta form of Cirsium pitcheri. Photo from University of Michigan Herbarium by E. G. Voss.