I want to introduce you to some misunderstood plants.
Most of us think of thistles as weeds – most of the ones we see along roadsides and field edges are not native and very aggressive. But there are several native thistles that are well behaved, and will even grow well in gardens. I’ve planted three species of native thistles in our prairie meadow. One of them is blooming right now. Continue reading Native Thistles
If you haven’t checked on it lately, the prairie meadow is blooming and beautiful. Here are a few photos from earlier this week. Continue reading Prairie Meadow Update – August 22, 2013
If you go down to look at the prairie garden, don’t be surprised to see that the prairie plants are gone! The plants have grown so tall and thick that, last spring, the new growth had to struggle to get through last year’s stalks. So I decided that, this year, it would be a good idea to cut and remove some of that thick growth. Continue reading Fall Clearing in the Prairie Meadow
The prairie is very tall right now, and very wet from all the rain we’ve had. The northern, drier side has lots of blooms. The southern, wetter side has a big population of Sneezeweed this year (it doesn’t actually make you sneeze), and it looks like it’s going to start blooming any day. It’s beautiful, but very wet – wear your rubbers if you plan to walk along the path!
Continue reading Prairie Meadow – August 2011
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the prairie meadow recently – take a walk and check it out. There are so many flowers in bloom! (Be sure to wear insect repellent – there are mosquitoes.) Continue reading Fall in the Prairie Meadow
The prairie is finally tall enough that we were able to mow a path through it. I walked ahead and the guy with the mower walked behind me. Continue reading A Path through the Prairie Meadow
Yesterday – January 19, 2010 – we planted seeds in the meadow. Four of us did the planting: Dottie Waltz, Chuck Dayton, Sara Evans, and me (Marcie O’Connor). Mike O’Connor and Fred Waltz recorded the event with photos and video. (All the photos in this post except the first one, were taken by Mike O’Connor) Continue reading Journal of the Prairie Meadow – Part 3
Here’s the list of seeds that we’ll plant in the meadow this winter, with links to photos of the plants they’ll turn into. (I don’t have photos of all of them – I’ll add them as I get more.) Continue reading Journal of the Prairie Meadow – Part 2
Since early fall we’ve been working on turning an area of grass behind the building into a meadow of native prairie plants. Gertrude Esteros originally suggested the idea. Marcia Sundquist and I came up with the name: 1666 Prairie Meadow. Continue reading Journal of our Prairie Meadow – Part 1