Western Prairie 2013

[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]

It was a good year for Western Prairie.  Lots of flowers; the prairies are getting more mature.  Even the northern section is starting to get more grasses.  And I saw a few new plants flower.  The oldest (southern) section was 8 years old, the middle was 7 and the northern section was 6.  We didn’t do any maintenance at all – no mowing, no burning.  We had lots of nesting Henslow’s Sparrows and Clay-colored Sparrows.


1-9-13 Western Prairie



2-8-13 Western Prairie mikes photo



3-7-13 Western Prairie



4-8-13 Western Prairie



7-25-13 Western Prairie


8/4/2013  We still have Queen Anne’s Lace, but it doesn’t seem to reduce the number of native flowers.

8-4-13 Western Prairie 2



8-4-13 Western Prairie


9/1/2013  This was the first time I’d seen Dotted Blazing Star blooming in this prairie.  We have lots of it around the house, in very sandy soil.  I had planted seeds of it here, not knowing if it would like the heavier soil, but here it is.

9-1-13 Liatris punctata



9-1-13 Western Prairie


10/2/2013  Dragon Wormwood – another plant of dry sandy prairies.  Also the first time I’d seen it here.

10-2-13 Artemisia dracunculus


11/1/2013  A panoramic view that Mike took with his phone.  (Click to see a larger version)

11-1-13 Western Prairie panorama