Flower in my weed patch

Little Bluestem grass photo @ Wikipedia.
This is year 3 on my go native project. So far it seems to be working out fairly well. During spring and summer I see a lot of Hummingbirds, bees, wasp and butterfly’s visiting the flowers and in the fall and winter I have a lot of cardinals”red birds’, doves, quail, finches and wrens that take advantage of flower and grass seed that remained after frost.

I have an area that covers about 10,000 square feet on the north side of my house/yard that I am allowing to reestablish it’s self in ‘mostly’ little bluestem, native grasses, wildflowers and a lot of just common weeds. It is a no mow area. Last fall I over seeded that area with some purple cone flower and Mexican hat flower seeds, but truth be know I really don’t know how much of that seed actually came into direct contact with bare soil or how much germinated. I will have a better idea later this summer when the flowers have had time to out grow the grass so I can get a idea what I should do this fall in my over seeding project.

I have another space only about 10 feet wide and 50 feet long on the west side of my chicken pen that I will over seed with purple cone flower and what the seed seller is calling ‘Long Headed Coneflower’ just before our next rain storm is forecast to pass over my tiny spot of Southwest Oklahoma.
FYI – Long Headed Coneflower, to me looks just like Mexican hat but with all the flower peddles colored yellow.

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16 responses to “Flower in my weed patch

  1. What a great naturalizing project, Happy Earth Day!

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  2. Your re-establishing the native plants in that space is extremely exciting! I also really enjoy that you mentioned its your third year in the making. As someone who’s super gung-ho about getting it all done NOW so I can enjoy it NOW, it’s nice to be reminded that gardening and nature rebuilding is a process and will mature over time 🙂

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    • I must admit that I have had my share of disappointing results and in the length of time it is taking to get my native grasses and flowers reestablished. However once reestablished I will need to mow only one time a year in late fall and a controlled burn about every 5th year.
      Happy Gardening

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  3. I enjoyed this article a lot, especially since I have been trying to establish grasses in my gardens for several years with little success. I garden in the small Interior BC village of Lillooet, above the Fraser River in the dry, semi-desert region of the province.
    we have seen, year by year, fewer bees and butterflies here and I’ve trying to establish food plants for them. The changing climate has been making it more difficult, however, as the wet, dry, hot and cold times of the year are changing. It’s hard to keep up with the changes as young plants are having trouble settling in and seldom make it through their first winters.
    I guess persistence is the only answer!

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    • I think persistence, careful selection of plants known to grow well in your area ‘natives’ and timing is all important.
      2 or maybe 3 years past I over seeded an area with Indian paint brush flower seed.
      I was so disappointed that not even one seed germinated and produced a flower.
      Ahhhhh but this spring conditions have been right and I suddenly have a fairly large area of Indian paint brush in full bloom.
      Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  4. This is a brilliant idea. It not only adds interest as to what creatures are now visiting, but it’s less labour intensive (I think). Now that my non-ride on mower has lost two of its four wheels, and age is catching up with me, I might very well start developing a wild patch or two. And my tethered goat will keep down the prickly pests such as gorse and blackberry – which are a curse in New Zealand.

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    • Grin, I’m not knowledgeable of ‘grose, but blackberries can be and often are a serious problem in cooler wetter climates than mine.
      Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  5. just a thought – although they are a little more work, seed balls can help get your seeds in contact with the soil when tossing them into “nativized” areas. That little extra bit of weight helps gravity pull them through the herbaceous matter to the ground. Seed Balls can also give seeds a little protection from hungry birds and a few other seed eating critters (though certainly not complete protection!).

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    • Thanks for for the hint, I’ll look into that, I’ll take all the hints, suggestions and help I can get to get this project successfully working for me.
      Happy Gardening

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  6. One farmer in the south of England gave up on farming and let the land go back to nature. The native wildlife and plants returned and they are now thriving and they are realising how nature works with the land and they have given up intensive farming.

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  7. Congratulations on dumping the old English model of endless lawn and adopting a saner more environmentally sound approach that is actually much easier to care for. I have a few comments, having done this myself. Germination of wild seed is only about 10% at the best of times. I was seeding my patch of tall grass prairie, some 80 acres, to Big Blue Stem for about five years and seeing nothing and then suddenly one day I found Big Blue stem all over. Be patient and persistent. It will take. Prairie ecology is a fire based one and your restoration will need some controlled burns to grow right. You don’t need to do it every year but you do need to do it. If you’re in a place you can’t burn, plan on letting some grazing animals in to graze it down to a lawn once in a while to replace the fire. There are many good books on how and when to do it. Finally, your best bet for seeds is in nearby ditches and pastures. Plants will adapt to the local conditions so locally acquired seed works better than imported seed if you can find it. Plus it’s cheaper. My husband and gathered pails full of big blue stem seed. I am delighted to hear of another native grass fan and little blue stem is my second favourite after big blue stem, or turkey foot, as we often call it up here. Great job!

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  8. When my riding lawn mower was in the shop for several weeks last year, the back fields, which I normally mow, “went wild”. The bees love it. Maybe instead of trying to get through it with the mower this year, I’ll go out and sprinkle flower seeds instead 🙂 It would save time, money, and most importantly, bees ❤ Very awesome what you are doing.

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