PHOTOS: Unless noted, all photos are by Tom King and the property of My Education of a Gardener. Non-commercial use permitted with credit and link. Don’t make me have to watermark.
Kansas State Symbols
Flower: Sunflower, Helianthus annus.
Tree: Cottonwood, Populus deltoides.
Grass: Little Bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium.
Insect: Honeybee: Apis mellifera
Reptile: Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata.
Bird: Western Meadowlark, Sturnella neglecta Audubon.
Animal: American Buffalo, Bison bison.
Song: “Home on the Range,” words by Dr. Brewster Higley, music by Dan Kelly.
Lawrence (pop. 87,643) is in Douglas County, in the NE corner of the state. Kansas City is a 45-minute drive to the east, Topeka 25 minutes west.
38° 58′ 18″ N, 95° 14′ 7″ W
Zone 5b, -15 to -10F, though the 2012 USDA Zone Hardiness map now lists Lawrence as Zone 6a, -10 to -5.
Elevation 866 feet
The major topographic features are the east-trending Kansas and Wakarusa River valleys and the upland cuestas formed by differential erosion of the limestone, shale, and sandstone beds.
Douglas County has a humid continental climate. Nearly three fourths of the annual precipitation falls during the growing season, which averages 196 days. The average date of the last killing frost in the spring is April 10 and the average date of the first killing frost in the fall is October 23.
The mean annual precipitation at Lawrence is 34.57 inches and the mean annual temperature, 56.5° F.
Everything is true. Everything is connected.
“The best fertilizer is the gardener’s shadow.” – Unknown
“The Education of a Gardener,” by British landscaper Russell Page, was published in 1962. “My Education: A Book of Dreams,” by American writer William S. Burroughs, was published in 1995.
Nature bats last.