August 2017

Things are drying out, thank goodness we got a good rain last week.

I was thinking next year would be the year that I focus on my grasses but I've also got to get some late July and August bloomers in there.

Right now it's just looking overgrown. Not very pleasing.

I also want to let y'all know that I'm going back to school. I'll be starting at OSU in Stillwater August 21 to study Rangeland Management. This is a starting point and the option that sounded like it would get me as close to studying the prairie as possible. I'm not sure what I'll do with it but I CAN tell you that I'm unbelievably excited to be taking botany and networking and meeting more people that love the same things I do. I'm also looking forward to the prospect of working. Earning money from the education I get. ❤️🌱

FYI…

My 7 year old is the smartest person I know. Yesterday as we were bringing our bikes back from the park, coming up to the pocket prairie, she said “I think we should make it bigger” 

ME TOO, kid. Me too.  ❤️🌱🏆

Someone Borrowed…

A whole plant!

When I took pictures on Tuesday the little Mexican Bush Zinnia was there. It’s Saturday and the whole plant is gone 😩

It was close to the front edge, still very small and making lots of blooms. I guess I should be glad they didn’t try to take something larger and I’m not sure what, if anything, I can or should try to do about it. 

Pink Evening Primrose?

Striking this from my wish list today. Saw a flash of pink as I pulled into the driveway, went back to inspect and one of the plants that’s come I this year had bloomed 😍 what do you think? Is my ID correct? Let me know!

Pocket Prairie Calendar

There’s always something to do. What would you add to this? Let me know if you think I left something out, it’s only my second summer. -JD

January – Mark your calendar with days to start seeds indoors. Consider adding hardscape, windmills, or other decor to your pocket prairie. It’s easier to add it now when you don’t have to worry about crushing live plants. Use sites like pinterest for ideas.
February – Start seeds indoors for plants you want to plant out after danger of frost.
March – Cut back any dead plants and grasses. Leaving the dead plants until mid-march provides food and habitat to insects and animals as well as visual interest for the humans. March begins the Monarch season, keep an eye out.
April – Plants are coming up, after danger of frost (April 15 for zone 7) start planting out your transplants. Bustani opens for spring mid month. Ok county Master Gardeners have their plant sale this month. Check Asclepius for eggs and bring them in if you’re going to raise monarchs. Any seeds that don’t need cold stratification or that weren’t started indoors can be sown this month after the 15th. Or before, if your brave.
May – WOAH! I can’t wait to see everything blooming! a lot of things should be blooming by now!
June – remember, some things you planted this year might take another year or 2 to bloom. Hold tight, they’re getting good roots down right now. Enjoy what IS blooming!
July – enjoy the pocket prairie, take notes and pictures to document each month how everything does and if anything needs to be moved for next year, etc…
August – start your wish list for next year now. Find out the names of plants you want and what friend or retailer has them.
September – Learn about monarchs and make sure you have plenty of asclepius for next year or plan to add them.
October – Monarchs will be migrating south now. Get out those seed catalogues and order seeds for next month.
November – direct sow seeds that need cold stratification to germinate
December – take a class, workshop or webinar about pollinators, native plants or anything else. It’s cold, you might as well be learning if you can’t do much in the prairie. It’s taking care of it’s self right now. Set a budget for plants and start saving… lol

Master Gardener Plant Sale

I may have a problem… LOL. Today was the Oklahoma County Extension Master Gardener’s plant sale. I picked up 5 more pots but only 1 that will go in the Pocket Prairie. Brazos Penstemon. The rest are for my backyard 🙂 Have a good weekend and look for a post soon where I’ve finally got all of these into the prairie!

Bustani is Open!

Today was opening day for Bustani’s Spring season. I went there last year and this year the same friend went with me. We were going up to close out my booth at Showplace Market finally and I was checking the hours for Bustani when I realized they opened TODAY. I was surprised but VERY excited. I also expected them to be pretty busy. They were.  SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN TO FIND A LIST OF WHAT I GOT!

Look at all the pretties!

My haul:

That’s a lot of preorders! There are even more in the other direction.

Orange Mexican Bush Zinnia Zinnia angustafolia ‘Crystal Orange’

Strawberry Seduction Yarrow Achillea ‘Strawberry Seduction’

Pink Fountain Guara Guara lindhiemeri ‘Pink Fountain’

Black Dalea Dalea frutescens

Prairie Fleabane Erigeron modestus

Maximillian Sunflower Helianthus maximilianii

Tropical Butterfly weed Asclepias curassavica x2

Arizona Butterfly Weed Asclepias angustifolia 

Prairie Baby’s Breath Euphorbia Corollata

Silver Groundsel Senecio via-vira – not native and going in another area of my yard

Large Coneflower Rudibeckia grandiflora x2

Veriegated Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum odoratum ‘variagatum – going in another part of the yard with more shade.

Perennial Cuphea Cuphea glutinosa

Letterman’s Ironweed Vernonia lettermannii

Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis var. minor

I may be stretching the ‘native’ theme a little thin. We’ll see how these things do.