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.


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.


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.