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Poem: "The Prairie in Central Park"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

That's a possibility.

What we call "lawn" here at Fieldhaven is really "whatever low-growing green stuff survives mowing and foot traffic." There are many species of grass, white and yellow and red clovers, dandelions, plantains, several kinds of wild violet, etc. The result is far more useful than plain grass.

The prairie garden is more robust. It has taller grasses, milkweed, thistle, goldenrod, a few flowers such as echinacea and black-eyed susan, lots of wild strawberries, etc. While nowhere near an old-growth prairie, it is still a functional prairie in that it provides tall grass cover for wildlife, abundant seeds, and attracts all the prairie-loving species that still live in our area. *chuckle* Including a great many bumblebees and honeybees, who are content to share it with me.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 6th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

*nods*

Oh, my parents have a similar lawn. My dad is not allowed to mow out front until the wildflowers are done blooming and she has harvested the violets for jelly.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Yeah, Doug tends to avoid actively blooming areas. We have some parts that we keep quite short if possible, for heavy foot traffic; but much of the yard is more flexible.
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