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Garden Walk Report

GARDEN WALK  REPORT He who plants a garden, plants happiness. Chinese Proverb   The day was perfect–part sun, not too hot.   The Butterfly Weed was still in bloom, joined by Prairie Coreopsis and Wild Quinine, mentioned last week. The Purple Prairie Clover, also mentioned last week, was a big hit.   Visitors were fascinated […]

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Romantic Gardens

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.  Blaise Pascal Give all to love, Obey thy heart, Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit and the Muse,— Nothing refuse. Ralph Waldo Emerson    Romantic Gardens  The Romantic Period was an intellectual and artistic movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed […]

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Midsummer Gardens

Mid-summer Gardens The summer prairie begins to bloom in earnest around mid-summer.   Wild Quinine opens first, followed closely by Pale Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Weed, and then Stiff Coreopsis adds its golden suns.     The flat-topped flower clusters of Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) reflect the flat prairies from where it comes.  The tiny […]

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What Does Our Ecosystem Provide for Us?

WHAT DOES OUR ECOSYSTEM PROVIDE FOR US? Captures the sun’s energy Makes oxygen Creates soil Infiltrates water Cleans water Cleans air Pollinates crops Recycles garbage Sequesters carbon Provides food and shelter Provides medications We receive all this for free. and we take it for granted. There are 129,000,000 acres of housing in the US 4 […]

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Prairie Dropseed

If you want to start a prairie garden, I recommend that you first plant Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis). If you have a perennial garden, place Prairie Dropseed between the plants. It grows in whorled, arching mound, 2-3′ tall and around. In late July-early August, delicate, fragrant, airy panicles of flowers begin to emerge on stiff […]

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