[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Narrows Prairie page.]
5/17/2008 Dandelions still bloom everywhere, before the prairie plants come up. They’re especially visible in the path. But once the prairie flowers come up, we don’t see them.
5/18/2008 The problem that’s emerging in this prairie, is aspen sprouts. There are mature aspens all along both the north and south edges of the prairie. The farmer mowed these prairies for years, so I’m sure the clones have sent their roots out into the field, but the sprouts kept getting mowed off. Now that we’re not mowing as much, they’re coming back. In some places, they’re the only plant we see. I’m girdling the mature aspens on the south side, which is our land. But there’s not much we can do on the north side, where the land belongs to our neighbor.
7/28/2008 We’re also going to try mowing. Here’s the first try.
7/6/2008 Oxeye blooming
7/18/2008 Oxeye with Queen Anne’s Lace
8/10/2008 Even more Queen Anne’s Lace
8/10/2008 Some areas have more prairie grasses. This one also has Purple Prairie Clover and Yellow Coneflower.
8/10/2008 Purple Prairie Clover, Oxeye, Junegrass and Side-oats Grama