21 April 2014

Spring in the Pocket Prairie

This is the second growing season for some of the plants in our tiny front yard pocket prairie. Last year, we planted grasses like sideoats grama, little bluestem and blue grama.

We also planted firewheel, purple prairie clover, antelope horn seedlings, and standing cypress. Many of these are filling in and some are just about to bloom.

There are also some plants coming in that I can't yet ID. One might be a Black-eyed Susan. Remains to be seen. We did have some Rudbeckias out back several years ago that never took. Perhaps this is seeded from that - with some delay.

It's a stretch to call this a pocket prairie. Prairies are large complex grass-dominant ecosystems. This is just a wild planting using some prairie plants. It's our one little spot of sun, and I'm using it more like an experimental plot than anything. Just seeing what makes it.

Here's a gratuitous shot from the other side of the world, deep in the shady part of the garden.


Rock rose said...

I love the way you call it a pocket prairie.

TexasDeb said...

Pocket prairie works for me. I'm guessing you don't have deer wandering through "helping" you prune back your plants? Everything looks wonderful!