[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main East Center Valley page.]
1/1/2009 We have a lot of photos of this spot because it’s so pretty and because it’s on our morning walk.
The prairie does have some diverse areas, but much of it is still dominated by Canada Goldenrod.
8/19/2009 The wet area near the birdhouses looks better than most – maybe wetland species are better at out-competing goldenrod.
7/12/2009 Turk’s Cap Lily bloomed here this summer.
8/8/2009 Joe Pye Weed at the wet end of the field
8/2009 Cup Plant
10/5/2009 Mist over the creek
9/8/2009 This year we decided to mow the upper field and plant prairie seeds. I didn’t want to spray because there are some natives growing there, and I especially wanted to preserve the violets, which are difficult to add back in to a planted prairie.
Here’s a link to the full story of planting the upper prairie – beginning this year, in 2009.
10/5/2009 Showing the mowed upper field, and the prairie in the lower field
10/19/2009 I used stakes to divide the prairie into sections, so I would be able to spread the seeds fairly evenly.
10/19/2009 After staking
10/26/2009 evening sun highlighting the upper prairie