Thursday, July 12, 2012
Tom's Prairie Bed
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.