If you’re going to color, it might as well be the prairie!
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
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!
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!
Silver Groundsel Senecio via-vira – not native and going in another area of my yard
Veriegated Solomon’s Seal Polygonatum odoratum ‘variagatum‘ – going in another part of the yard with more shade.
I may be stretching the ‘native’ theme a little thin. We’ll see how these things do.
Plants are starting to get tall enough in the pocket prairie now so when I mow, you can tell the prairie is intentional. Some things are taking off like the giant coneflower and the Mexican hats.
I did my first edging of the year and got WAY crooked lol. Its like hair. The grass will grow back. I won’t worry about it.
I’m noticing the blanket flowers are springing up everywhere. I thought they might be thinner this year but they’re in and out of the prairie making themselves at home all over making it really hard for me to mow even though I know there will be plenty.
There’s a new grass popping up too. I don’t know if it’s something to keep or pull so you know I’m letting it go. When it’s bigger and maybe when it flowers, I’ll ID it and make a decision. Fingers crossed it’s some Indian grass or something else native. 🤞
The weather can be so rude. I was expecting SOME rain today. The forecast kept changing though. Part of the plan for seeding was to take advantage of the coming rain, even if it wasn’t much. But I watered the heck out of the seed and soil yesterday in case we ended up getting nothing. That’s the only thing giving me any hope that all my seed won’t wash away. Maybe I got it settled down in well enough. Maybe. I’ve already told my husband that we may have strange things popping up in the yard this year because of tonight’s insane rain storm. 😩☔️
Yep. That looks about right.
UPDATE: this morning things don’t look bad. It seems that everything is pretty much undisturbed.
I haven’t updated in a while, partly because I don’t imagine a lot of people are hanging on my every word about the Pocket Prairie and also, not much has been going on. At the end of the fall when most everything was brown, I took the lawn mower to the Pocket Prairie. I only left what was still alive and the one clump of native grass that came up.
It has sat like that since.
We still see the occasional walker stop to read the sign. The contractors that replaced part of the gas line for the gas company read the sign.
But now, I see little hints that things are not dead. The Giant Coneflower Rudbeckia maxima has come out of the ground. I’m predicting huge growth and blooms this year! I’m seeing a few Blanket Flower teeny babies like last year https://mccoypocketprairie.com/2016/04/05/new-babies-popping-up/ but this year I know what those fine, frond-y things are. There are other things from established last year that are showing the first bits of green and I’m really happy. I know we will have much more variety and color this year. I hope we reach 6′ tall and more.
Today was a day to add new seed. I had a ‘little’ help from my daughter. We added 6 kinds of seed mixed with potting soil as well as adding more Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans from an area where it’s growing outside of the Pocket Prairie. We also planted roots for Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia and Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea. I also transplanted Blazing Star from my front flowerbed. I’ll move more another year, right now I’m letting them multiply.
The rest of the seeds added today were purchased with a donation to the Oklahoma County Extension Master Gardener Program so I’ll also tell who donated them if it was on the envelope. Because… Provenance, Y’all. It should also be noted that I’m using the plant name written on the envelope as is.
Gaillardia Orange Blanket Flower Jackie Pogue
Mexican Hat Ritibida Columnifera Jamie Ashmore
Large Rudbeckia the envelope notes: with soft brown wash in the center Jackie Pogue (hoping I got this link right, I’ll check back when they’re blooming and adjust if necessary)
Purple Prairie Clover Dalea purpurea
Showy Milkweed a speciosa J. Morton
Look for a post soon listing everything we’ve planted or seeded in the Pocket Prairie. I need one place with everything in it!