You can't miss the field of blooming yellow and red flowers that opened up this past week at MCC-Longview. The first big bloom of the Grow Native project on campus is well under way.
The field, which was originally a grass field, was plowed and reseeded with native Missouri flowers and plants last fall as part of a collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation. The field spent most of the winter barren. This spring say a lot of green vegetation started to sprout, but this is the first full bloom to appear from the project.
Here is what Steven Greife, facilities services superintendent, wrote to campus faculty and staff after the flowers made their appearance:
I’m sure some of you have been wondering about the “weeds” in the area between the main entrance to the campus and the Longview Chapel. Me too. Last week I made a tour of the area only to see what I thought were weeds.
Well a lot can change in just a few days. Yesterday I was told that the “Black-eyed Susan’s were coming out so I went to see. Sure enough we have quite a few and a closer look revealed that the Lance Leaf Coreopsis will be in bloom very soon. And not just a few, I expect that in the next week or two the area will be a sea of yellow.
Be sure to check out more photos from the Grow Native project over on the MCC Longview photo blog.