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Why Plant Native Plants?

WHY PLANT NATIVE PLANTS?   Native Midwestern plants are sustainable.  They are well-suited to the climate and soil conditions of the area where they are found naturally–they are grown successfully with little effort.  They are adapted to extreme temperatures, blustery winds, and intense sunlight.   They are drought-resistant–once established, after 2-3 years, they need no […]

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Stiff coreopsis,  schulenberg prairie

Midsummer

And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer.  Shakespeare Henry IV  JUNE 21 Midsummer Midwinter, the Winter Solstice, which we observe as Christmas, is over-celebrated in the United States; while Midsummer, celebrated widely in Europe, particularly in the more northern latitudes, is not observed here at all, unless we count the 4th of July.  In pagan […]

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prairie dock leaves in schulenberg prairie

July Silphium

July Silphium Few grieved when the last buffalo left Wisconsin, and few will grieve when the last Silphium follows him to the lush prairies of the never-never land.   Aldo Leopold A Sand County Almanac Silphium stand out in the prairie, not only because of their enormous size, but because of their interesting attributes. I didn’t […]

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