Over the past week, Grayhead Coneflowers have been blooming profusely giving a nice contrast to all the green in the prairie. Purple Coneflowers and Wild Bergamot are also doing well giving additional color. Planted in 2010, this is the third full growing season for our prairie and it’s really taking off this year. The early spring burn followed by late spring rains have stimulated the natives and we are seeing less weeds each year. They say it takes 5-6 years for a prairie to fully establish so we are halfway there.
View from beginning of path.
The back of the prairie has really filled in with a lot less weeds than previous years.
Grayhead Coneflowers with Sideoats Grama grass.
Some areas have more grasses, and other areas have more wildflowers, which gives nice diversity and texture.
Little Bluestem grass
Path along North side has a nice mixture of Little Bluestem and Sideoats Grama grasses.
Wild Bergamot seeds were put down in December 2011 and have established well. The flowers are bee magnets.
Anise Hyssop was also seeded in December 2011 and I’ve seen about 5 flowering so far.
Anise Hyssop macro. The leaves of this plant smell like licorice when crushed.
Hoary Vervain is another seeded in December 2011. This one is just starting to bloom.
Morning dew on Little Bluestem.
Large milkweed bug on Common Milkweed.
Sideoats Grama grass flower
Don’t know what this bug is but they love feeding on Common Milkweed.
Canada Wildrye grass.
Showy Partridge Pea leaves. This flower is just starting to bloom.
Ohio Spiderwort with morning dew and “busy” bees.