Spring rains came at the right time this year to encourage luxuriant wildflower bloom, in the Valley and also up here. The showplace in Payson this Mother's Day weekend has been the Pioneer Cemetery.
The cemetery is awash with color the glowing yellow of ragwort, the fiery color of paintbrush, and the occasional spot of vibrant blue larkspur. There are other treasures too, the ground level white stemless daisy, the soft orange of mallow, the hidden purple of fetch and the soft blue flax. All of these are native wildflowers are growing without extra water or cultivation.
It is fitting that these native wildflowers have found refuge in this old cemetery. Just as the old headstones persevere. And both tell interesting history.
Betty Partch, Payson