[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]
This year, for the first time, I can’t find the line between sections 1 and 2. The section 1 is 7 years old, and section 2 is 6 years old. The line between the sections 2 and 3 (section 3 is 5 years old) is still distinct. The 5 year old section still has more forbs and fewer grasses.
7/27/2012 Looking north from Big View. There’s still quite a bit of Queen Anne’s Lace, but otherwise there aren’t too many weeds, and many prairie flowers bloomed.
8/11/2012 The second half of the summer was very dry, so although most of the flower species bloomed, the flowers didn’t last long.
8/20/2012 Looking south from the top of Western Prairie. This is the youngest of the sections – 5 years old this summer.
8/20/2012 Another view of the 5 year old section. This section still has fewer grasses than the two older sections.
8/20/2012 Rough Blazing Star
8/20/2012 Stiff Goldenrod
8/20/2012 Looking north toward the top of Western Prairie
9/6/2012 This prairie is especially beautiful in the fall, when the asters are blooming. Most of the species of Aster that I planted have done well, and are blooming – Frost Aster, Sky Blue Aster, Heath Aster, Aromatic Aster, Silky Aster, New England Aster, Calico Aster. I’ve seen some plants of Smooth Aster and Arrow-leaved Aster , but they’re not as common as the others.