Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tom's Prairie Bed

On July 2, the day after our second power outage and before our power was restored, I took this photo of Tom's flowerbed. The Prairie plants were unfazed by the wind and rain.

Below is the same bed. I took this photo taken a few minutes ago. The plants are still looking decent although the outer edges of the purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)  are drying and turning brown. That is probably as much due to the dryness as to the aging of the blooms.   But they have weathered the dryness as well as the windy storms. 

Beyond the Black-eyed Susans (Rubeckia) the grass in the yard is brown. It doesn't have the deep roots the prairie plants have.

Even the Blazing Star (Liatris) that I transplanted to the bed this spring are looking good. They are the only prairie plants that I transplanted this spring that are blooming. I am sure that the buckets of water that Tom has been pouring on them on alternate days have made the difference.

1 comment:

  1. Prairie plants are so drought tolerant..although they look better with water! Looks like you have mulched them too..that really helps keep their roots cool:)