The next step was to figure out what to do with the east facing bank, next to the road. It was the only semi-sunny spot on the property. Morning sun till noon, then shade and more shade. I consulted the wildflower specialists at Prairie Moon Nursery. They had just the right native wild flower mix for a semi-shady area. . I hacked everything back in the fall and burned the rest. Then the seeds were mixed with sand and scattered and tamped down by foot and hand. Would they stay put or would the melting snow in the spring wash everything down into the ditch? Only time would tell.
The spring of 2007 saw the bulbs emerge, planted the fall before, after the burning of the bank.
The summer of 2008 saw the purple coneflowers appear along with dozens of other varieties.
In 2009 the next step was to begin the restoration of the even larger north wooded area. But that's a story for another post.