It`s been a long time since I posted, but it`s been an even longer recovery for my gardens after a tough Winter. I lost a lot of plantings and had damage to many more. Even at this late date we have 40`s predicted for lows again. I don`t recall having temps that low this late, EVER! Some of my seed scattering paid dividends, but some that I just knew would take off in this sand did not appear, even after heavy sowing. The Firewheel, Basket flower, Coreopsis, and Bluebonnets have sprouted well. The Black Eyed Susan is about put on it`s show all over the property. The bluestems took a beating and look awful, even the big bunches in the patches. I remember Michael, of Plano Prairie Garden, having a similar experience a couple years ago. The Monardas are going to be fantastic and soon. I have three types and I expect a great show from all. I hauled some Blackland Prairie soil to a new bed I created to grow some Lemon beebalm, which prefers the dark soil and the seed I gathered made more seedlings than I needed.. The Spotted beebalm and Wild bergamot like the sandy soil native to my savannah. I`ll post pics of all three when they reach their peak. The vegtable garden has done better than last year and I think one benefit of the harsh Winter is a much lower population of Squash bugs. I hope I`m right about that. They consumed my tomatoes last year. Here`s hoping that cold Winter carries over into a mild summer, with plenty of rain. Lord knows we need it! Here are a few meager pics at what is in bloom around the place today.
Black Eyed Susan ( the first bloom)
The veggie garden
Sad state of Little Bluestem, I need to do more research ,but I`m not aware of short life cycle for this plant. This transplant had been in the ground and hugely successful for 2 seasons. All of the types of bluestem on my place, except Brushy bluestem, are in this state.