I made another trip out to Lake Jesup yesterday to see if there was going to be any chance of a wildflower bloom this year. As I reported a couple weeks ago, Irma had resulted in so much flooding that I wasn’t optimistic.
Unfortunately, my earlier assumption was correct. The swollen St. John’s River has continued to pour into Lake Jesup and the flooding now is worse than it was 10 days ago…all the fields are completely underwater.
I don’t see any way that the water will drain over the next couple weeks and since the wildflower season usually starts to wind down by mid-October, it is clear that the 2017 Lake Jesup wildflower season is going to be a bust.
Compared to the widespread misery spread by Harvey, Irma and Maria, the loss of the wildflowers is a small thing. Let’s hope that 2018 brings us a milder Hurricane season.