After waiting months to post anything, I feel like the property and the gardens are healed enough from the double whammy of destructive flood followed by months of hard freezes, topped off by two March deep freezes and one April freeze, to begin sharing my humble efforts again.. I know I`m not the only one, but two years of hard work was difficult to watch get washed away and frozen to death.
One of my projects has been to take two quarter acre sections of this property and try to turn it back to native Post Oak Savannah. It`s been easier said than done. I thought I could just sort of let it go, selective mowing in lieu of burning, seed scattering and some transplanting. I have met with mixed results after two years. It`s obviously going to take a long time to restore the over mowed, poor ,sandy soil to it`s natural state. One of the things that happened in the aftermath of the October 30th flood was my Stepson, thinking he was helping, decided to shred the back prairie patch (to surprise me ). This would have been ok, but it was months before it was time to do so. He mowed everything, including transplanted cacti ! He also mowed down the Little Bluestem and Splitbeard Bluestem before their seeds had matured. I walked over the patch and found bit of cactus intact, albeit run over and nicked. I decided to just stick it back in the ground and see if it would root. The following picture is the result followed by some others of the recovering landscape. Nature is truly amazing and a true self healer.
Among the grasses, Firewheel, and Black Eyed Susan , a tough survivor in bloom.
Part of the back patch, with Goldenrod and Little Bluestem emerging.
A closer view
The front patch, which has more types of wildflowers, including Phlox, Firewheel, Wooly White, Basket Flower, Spotted Bee Balm, Lemon Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Indian Paintbrush,Wild Onion,Gayfeather, Scarlet Sage, Bluebonnet, Black Eyed Susan, Beach Sunflower and more.
Drummond Phlox. There are many colors of it in the patch. White, blue, red, and pink.
The Monardas are coming on strong and I feel by next week the Wild Bergamot will be in bloom.
Spotted Bee Balm.
Lemon Bee Balm
Cowpen Daisy and emerging Maximillian Sunflower
The recovering front beds
You have to love Mealy Blue Sage, I lost of lot of it, but this small patch came back
This is the area with the most flood destruction. A complete dismantling of the fence and then load after load after load of wheelbarrowed fill, fence reassembly, planting soil, and new plants. It is still a work in progress, but it has come a long way.