Monday, September 8, 2008

Prairie Renewed

This flower has many names around here: Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm,
Monarda Fistulosa and Horsemint Wild Yarrow and Queens Anne's Lace
Green headed Coneflower

We have lived on our farm for 6 years now. We do not have livestock. My husband likes to joke that we grow rocks and weeds. In actuality we are growing a habitat to help preserve wildlife. Every year I see new flowers in the fields. They are multiplying and spreading. The population of birds that nest here is growing too. This year the bluebird population was much larger than it has been. For the first time we had a nesting pair of Baltimore orioles stay the season.

The heavy rains early in the season produced grass taller than I have seen before, some coming up as high as 5 1/2 feet tall. I can see where Frank Lloyd Wright received his design inspirations. He was born in our county and his summer home and studio are in nearby Spring Green, WI.


Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi Chris,
Your landscape is inspirational indeed!!! Bee balm only grows in gardens here that I know of..

We have been noticing more birds living here too... in and out of the trees.

and this is the first year I have noticed bluebirds staying round my house and perching on the peaks.. Some people have put up nesting boxes for them and it does seem to be working... They have been regular visitors to the garden all summer.. Isn't it nice to live close to nature!!

Robyn said...

"...growing a habitat to help preserve wildlife." Wonderful!