[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Western Prairie page.]
9/2008 The southern third of Western Prairie is now 3 years old. It looked great this year.
Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimum) and butterflies
Monarch and Great Spangled Fritillary
7/18/2008 The middle third was 2 years old, and we didn’t mow at all. It had lots of blooming prairie flowers.
7/2008 I cut and killed Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) in a few areas where it was very dense. There was a lot of Canadian Horseweed (Conyza canadensis), a native plant that likes disturbed places. I’m hoping it will disappear as the prairie matures.
6/7/2008 The northern third of Western Prairie was one year old this summer. Here it is just before the first mowing. The yellow flowers are Hawk’s Beard (Crepis tectorum) – an annual weed which should disappear in a few years.
This is the last year we’ll have big mowed fields – next year they’ll all be prairies.