As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

It's a jungle!

By Carol / 26 July 2010 /

I shared my prairie with a four year old this weekend. We took about five steps down one of the wood chip paths I’d created and he exclaimed, “It’s a jungle!” “Yes it is,” I…

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Eye-popping prairie blooms

By Carol / 07 July 2010 /

The prairie popped with new flowers this week. Many  sent me scurrying back to my Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowerbook for help with identification. This lilac beauty is one I knew – Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa. Wild…

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Who marks the way?

By Carol / 30 June 2010 /

Growing up on a dairy farm, I had many opportunities to bring the cows up from the pasture for milking. Walking in single file, the cows headed for the barn, inevitably using the same paths…

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Is it all yellow?

By Carol / 25 June 2010 /

I took my husband with me when I walked out to the prairie this morning. I couldn’t resist having a photo to mark brilliant sunshine on such a mass of yellow flowers. And they are…

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A bouquet in one blossom

By Carol / 24 June 2010 /

When I spotted this among the coneflowers in my patio garden, I didn’t know quite what to think. The center cone is part of a purple coneflower, but only a part. Why weren’t the long…

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Daisy fleabane & other native flowers

By Carol / 14 June 2010 /

My prairie is awash in Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta. The seed mix sown a year ago must have been heavy in this species. They are brightening the prairie no matter where you look.  Nothing else…

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Happy Birthday, Prairie!

By Carol / 30 May 2010 /

On Memorial Day weekend 2009, I planted a prairie.  It’s custom to give presents to the one having the birthday, but in this case, the gifts I see as I celebrate my prairie’s first full…

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Prairie friends – old and new

By Carol / 09 May 2010 /

  What a delight to see Partridge Peas in my prairie this week!  Partridge Peas were the first plant to bloom in my prairie last summer – the only one, really, if we forget the…

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Prairie spring

By Carol / 13 April 2010 /

The lawn is emerald green. The trees leaf out. Violets dot the lawn with splashes of lavender. The inevitable dandelions bloom. But from a distance, the prairie is brown. It is only 11 months since…

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Hidden on a windswept plain

By Carol / 21 December 2009 /

My intent has been to write about my prairie at least once every month. But sitting here in my office, looking out across the area where I so hopefully planted a prairie last spring, all…

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