Troutbirder II

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Teeny Weeny Prairie

As I've explained previous posts, when we sold our old house with its expansive sunny flower and vegetable garden and moved next door into a new house in the oak and pine tree woods, there was a big change in what grew and what didn't. I was into nurturing native woodland wildflowers and planting lots of hostas, hydrangea's  and the like.  What not to like. No big lawn to mow and veggie garden to weed.  There was only one problem, in the meantime I had fallen in love with prairies. For that I needed sunshine. Could I find a place on our land that offered enough????

Indeed. There it was a ten foot high bank facing East of our woods.  It got the morning sun and that was it.  Was that enough to create something amenable to native prairie plants?  Take a closer look.
And towering high above Mrs. T. a true native prairie denizen.... The Cup Plant ( type of sunflower). Also to her left some wild phlox. These pictures were taken a few days ago in mid August. July saw an outburst of several types of coneflowers and fall will see an outburst of several kinds of wild asters.
The pictures below are from our friend Gary's restored prairie.  It gets really spectacular when you have several acres to work with....:)


15 comments:

  1. Your native prairie is very lush compared to our short grass prairie.

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  2. We keep our grass short which is so unattractive compared to your prairie. I am envious. Love that last photograph.

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  3. Both are marvellous. Whenever I pictured the prairie, I didn't picture all of the flowers.

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  4. I was enjoying your prairie but had no idea the scope of it till you planted Mrs. T in front. Wow, it is massive and so lush.

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  5. Those ever changing colors grabbed me many years ago

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  6. Nice! And a very nice picture of the two of you amongst the flowers. :-)

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  7. How beautiful! I love the prairies of home.

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  8. What beautiful wildflowers, The cone flowers are gorgeous. I approve!

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  9. I don't come by often, but I've just enjoyed a wonderful time looking at your pictures of summer. Beautiful doesn't do them justice.

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  10. What a wonderful project, restoring prairie. Beautiful photo of flowers and lasting love in bloom.

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  11. Very nice indeed and what delightful photos. Greetings!

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  12. A nice follow-up to your last blog !

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  13. Dear Troutbirder, is this what the pioneers saw when their wagon trains went across Missouri and Kansas? Is this what the Native Americans saw as Mother Earth? How beautiful. Peace.

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  14. You certainly made your own beautiful sunny flower garden, didn't you???? Beautiful flowers.... We had the same problem and since we grow roses, we needed SUN... SO---we built a big bed near the road between the road and the ditch.... Beautiful sunny area... AND--we use our big driveway for rose containers on both sides since it is sunny. And of course, we had had some of our big trees trimmed...... SO--I guess we all do what we have to do!!!!

    Praying for the flooding in Texas and at my son's home now... He's already gone through way too much this month... Prayers for Mark.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  15. What a nice photo of you and Mrs T! I love the wildflowers! :)

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