The first day of summer was yesterday. It was a blue sky puffy cloud kind of daydream day that was enjoyed by guests to Tryon Farm Institute’s tall grass prairie wildflower hike. We followed Abby, our botanist, from www.inpaws.org out to the green field across from our farmhouse. Who knew what was hidden there? When you look with an informed eye you can see larkspur, butterflyweed, orange milkweed, beebalm, and maximilian sunflowers. Grasses vary from sedges to rushes to forbs and more, and require inspection to identify if the stems are flat, round, hairy or otherwise. Did you know that the common ‘weed’, Queen Ann’s sexy Lace, is a wild carrot? Wildflowers grow all through the seasons until the first frost. So when you visit before Thanksgiving, you are bound to see the treasures in our fields. I think if a plant makes you happy, it might be what some people have called a weed.