My Meadow Garden - Two Months Later

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It has been just over two months since I planted a small meadow garden in my front yard.  The summer rains are enough that my hand watering is finished.  The plants are establishing very well and I am really pleased with the results.  Here are some photos I took last weekend:

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In the photo above, the Croton linearis has grown so that it is almost completely hiding the limestone rock.  The blue-green form of Elliott's lovegrass, Eragrostis elliottii, have also grown enough that their leaves are just beginning to touch their neighbor's leaf tips.

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Between the croton and the Elliott's lovegrass is Jacquemontia curtisii, a wonderful white flowering clustervine.  Right now it is getting established and spreading in the garden.  I expect that very soon, the plant will be covered with lovely white blossoms.

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I will fill in some of the empty spots with wildflowers.  I planted some seeds of our native tickseed, Coreopsis leavenworthii and a few have begun to bloom.  It is a work in progress.  I love watching this little garden on a windy day.  The movement of the grass leaves in the wind is wonderful. 

I pull the weeds in this area about once a month.  Eventually the grasses should cover most of the area to help prevent unwanted weeds from growing.