As I`ve stated many times I love to roam the backroads of this and surrounding rural counties looking for prairie remnants and wild plants to transplant and seed gather for my gardens and pocket prairies. I`ve got a bit of vacation this week and with cooler temps decided to make a run around and see what I could find. The pics aren`t great , but I did get a few plants and tons of seed that I`m hoping will show up in the prairie patches next spring.
Wild Bergamot, I have high hopes for the ones I dug, it being a hardy perennial.
As you can see, my pickup is parked along a county road in Limestone County. It is not a well traveled area and I can get out and walk a hundred yards in each direction along that wide area between the fence and the road. This particular area is perfect for gathering at different times of the year. It is located along a high ridge that seems to really attract a lot of wildlife and plant variety. I know the photo does not show the detail and number of species, but believe me, they are there. If you look closely, you can spot a stand of Baldwin`s ironweed to the right. I dug a a couple of them and gathered a lot of seed of Texas Yellow Star and Cutleaf Daisy.
A Green Milkweed that hasn`t seeded yet in with a Liatris.
A close up of the Baldwins Ironweed
Liatris or gayfeather. You can see the Yellow Star gone to seed at left.
I need a little help with the following plants.(turns out the two are White Praitie Clover, the white balls, and Prairie Bundleflower, the mimosa) I was at the this site a few weeks ago and the white puff plants were not there there.
A wider shot of the white flower.( Roundhead white prairie clover-Dalea multiflora)
The Sumac, I think Winged Sumac ,was beautiful.
I like to call this part of the road Gayfeather Lane. The picture, in no way , can accurately show how thickly they are growing along this area. The day was fun, which is the point, and I got some great plants, seed ,and deep scratches on my legs.LOL. I did get a nice Gayfeather for my Mom-in -Law, which she had requested. Get out some time and do a hunt. I know Michael, from Plano Prairie garden does this too. It is too fun. By the way, Happy Fourth!