“remarkable work with seed”

Join Marc Pastorek at the Home garden of Doug and Mary Green of Folsom Louisiana, Saturday at 10:00 June 15, 2019 and we will follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Charles Allen, research botanist, author, the Father of grassland restoration in the central Gulf Coastal region, and all -around good dude, patriot, as he describes the Green garden and the plants in it, maybe gift us with some insight into the process of gardening with prairie habitat – that sort of thing. Dr. Allen was kind enough to befriend me and taught me quite alot about seed – he’s been one of my many generous mentors – he and Dr. Vidrine, his partner in (prairie) crime – so many others. That’s what it took to achieve the level of significance that a garden such as the Green garden is. Its a work of art. I know, pretty braggadocious of me but the proof is in the pudding as the old saying goes. I don’t take credit, I give credit where credit is due, to the kind and brilliant researchers who came before me and helped me and truly to the Maker (he or she) who really knows how to create beautiful landscapes, I am just an observer and occasional worker bee using some of his or her painting pallet to make landscape collages.

Dr. William F. Platt, another legendary prairie ecologist and botanist, a friend and mentor, with fifty years of prairie and coastal plain ecology and research under his belt famously said that “Pastorek Habitats’ work with seed is remarkable!” I wonder what he would say if or when he sees the Green garden. It is truly remarkable.

meet us, with the Louisiana Native Plant Society on Saturday at 320 Bienville Street, Folsom, La. at 10;00

       Green garden February 2019


Green garden above and below, April 2019

below, Green garden June 15, 2017

enjoy all! go micro-prairies!!!! restore habitat, live in a healthy world!

new orleans botanical garden power point/ photos, june 1, 2019

powerpoint presentation to the plant people at the NOLA Bot Garden

Growing Bullet-proof Native Plants in the Crescent City

starts with geology and eco-regions, then intro prairiescapes in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, cool international garden designers that are focused on naturalized landscapes, some of my projects and the plants in them, then my own ten acre garden, and finally then the very beautiful Doug and Mary Green prairie garden In Folsom where a open garden/ field trip will be held by way of the Louisiana Native Plant Society on Saturday June 15, in two weeks. click on the links below

bulletproof plants for new orleans


clematis, prized prairie companions

Species of Clematis native to Louisiana and the surrounding region are good general use garden plants and they lend themselves exceptionally well to the natural prairie landscape. Clematis grows to less than eight feet or so, perfect for going upwardly on a  small garden trellis or horizontally, across the top of prairie grasses. These plants are herbaceous with thin brittle woody stems but the plants are very long lived and tough as nails (specifically the Clematis species crispa, pitcheri, reticulata and glaucophylla).

Get some!

They divide via root and grow via seed, collect seed green and sow immediately. Once established, they’ll live longer than you!


C. reticulata on my tractor shed, seed from Highway 43 north of Henleyfield Mississippi, above, below



below, Clematis pitcheri, originally via Lynn Lowery, Houston, Texas, April 1994, in my Covington, Louisiana meadow garden

Lynn Lowery article http://southerngardenhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Magnolia_Summer_1999.pdf

Clematis crispa, below, in my garden, originally via seed from the edge of the Pearl River, near Nicholson, Mississippi approximately 1991.


Jeff McMillian of Almost Eden nursery lists Crispa in his family’s plant inventory.





New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden addition design and construction is complete!

The opening ceremony to celebrate doubling the size of the garden was Tuesday. Working with Reed-Hilderbrand Landscape Architects for the last three years as their local horticultural consultant was quite the enjoyable experience.  go Team!



Ground covering Sedges reign mightily over the sculptures at the Museum Gardens.






The Elyn Zimmerman glass bridge sculpture carries foot traffic.




                  Meadow garden open to the public in June


a view of Doug and mary Green’s prairie garden last week, Folsom, Louisiana.


above, Lespedeza capitata, left and below, Penstemon digitalis


Restored Native Wildflower Habitat Field Trip, Folsom, La

The Louisiana Native Plant Society will meet June 15 in Folsom Louisiana at 10 a.m. at the home of Doug and Mary Green to experience their 3 acre prairie garden. The garden, planted from seed five years ago by Doug, has a developed into a particularly impressive array of flowering plants, some in large populations. Management of the garden has been done only by burning and mowing. This garden will be featured in the soon-published revised edition of Sally Wasowsky’s Gardening with Native Plants of the South. We will meet at the corner of Henri and Bienville Streets where the garden is right there at your feet. Address is 320 Bienville Rd, Folsom, La. The reason for the 11:00 timing is the hope to see butterflies and other insects.
For more information contact Marc Pastorek





Bullet-proof garden plants lecture

I will be discussing superior native plants adaptable to the Central Gulf coastal region, but specifically the New Orleans garden – I’ll cover a long list of nearly care-free herbs, grasses, grass-likes, vines, shrubs and trees – at the New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens Saturday, June 1, 10:30-11:30. I hope to see you there!




Steven F. Austin University visit was so fun!


Dr. Allen and I were treated like we were Elvis Presley (thank you ver’ much!) by Dr. David Creech and his gardening associates at The Pineywoods Garden at SFA last week. Got a tour of the gardens which is always exciting. They are very active in horticulture there and have been for a long while. Talked all things prairie including treating them to the story of the Winkler’s Firewheel that has been growing in my prairie demo gardens in Mississippi for the last 20 years, was originally from SFA. I brought them a bunch of my seed crop from last year in return for their original start, via Botanist-nurseryman Peter Loos, former student of Dr. Creech.


Garden pavillion built by Dr Creech and students back some years ago, and Lady Bird Johnson letter on the wall of David’s office building.






Clematis Botany 101

by Dr. Charles Allen

The genus Clematis (leather flower, virginsbower) includes mostly native herbaceous to slightly woody perennial vine species in the Ranunculaceae (Dicot). The leaves are opposite and pinnately compound. The inflorescences are axillary and a solitary flower or cyme. The flowers are perfect and regular with four petaloid sepals, no petals, and numerous stamens. The ovary is superior and numerous brown flat achenes develop from the carpels. There are two major groups of species; one group including C. crispa, C. glaucophylla, and C. reticulata produce a single flower while the others including C. catesbyana, C. terniflora, and C. virginiana produce many flowers in a cyme. Five of the species are native with only C. ternifolia introduced from Japan. Note: there are a number of cultivated species and forms of Clematis with one species Clematis x jackmanii perhaps escaping and is reported from nine parishes across the state. Note: info and images from Allen, Wilson and Winters ‘Louisiana Wildflower Guide” and info also from Allen, Newman, and Winters “Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Louisiana”. Other images from the intenet.

A. A.

Flowers white, numerous in a somewhat flat cyme; filaments glabrous………………B Flowers pink to blue or purple, solitary; filaments pubescent……………………………….D

B(A). Flowers perfect, with 5-10 carpels; anthers 1.5-3 mm long; leaf margins entire (rarely Somewhat lobed……………………………………………………………………………..5. C. terniflora
B. Flowers mostly imperfect, with more than 15 carpels; anthers 1 mm or shorter; leaf

margins coarsely toothed………………………………………………………………………………………C

C(B.) Leaflets 5-7; carpels 18-35 ………………………………………………………………….1. C. catesbyana C.Leaflets three; carpels 40 or more ………………………………………………………….. 6. C. virginiana

D(A). Flowers without bracts………………………………………………………………….2. C. crispa D. Flowers with two bracts present…………………………………………………………………..E

E(D). Leaves leathery; veins distinctly reticulate veined……………………………………..4. C. reticulata
E. Leaves membranous; veins not reticulate veined…………………………………………..3. C. glaucophylla

1. Clematis catesbyana Pursh (Coastal Virgin’s-bower, Satin-curls) syn = C. ligusticifolia Nutt. Ex T and G. Similar to C. virginiana but with 5-7 leaflets, 18-35 carpels, and darker achenes that are reddish brown to dark purplish black. Reported only from St. Helena and West Feliciana parishes but additional records may be out there and filed away under C. virginiana. Someone should examine all the Clematis specimens in the state. Wetland ranking FAC

2. Clematis crispa L. (Swamp leatherflower, Marsh Clematis, Southern Leatherflower, Blue Jasmine) The leaves have 3-5 linear to ovate leaflets that are cuneate to truncate at the base and acute to obtuse apically. The margins are entire and revolute, sometimes lobed. It produces single pink, lavender, or blue (rarely white) flowers without a bract. The filaments are pubescent. A common species of the Mississippi River floodplain and other hardwood forest areas throughout the state. It

has a long flowering time from March to October. Reported from 59 parishes and missing from

Beauregard, Bienville, Evangeline, Plaquemines, and St. Charles parishes. Wetland ranking FACW

  1. Clematis glaucophylla Small (whiteleaf leatherflower, glaucous leatherflower) The leaves have 2-5 ovate, entire leaflets that are usually cordate at the base. The lower surface is grayish white whenyoung, hence the name glaucophylla, but becoming green with age. The flowers are solitary and rose purple on the outside and white inside. Two bracts subtend each flower. Filaments pubescent. Rare in Louisiana with the only report from Copenhagen Prairie in Caldwell Parish. Wetland ranking FAC
  2. Clematis reticulata (netleaf leatherflower, netleaf clematis) The leaves have 3-9 ovate to elliptic, leathery, leaflets that are usually cuneate at the base and obtuse apically. The veins are distinctly reticulate and the margins are revolute, frequently lobed. The flowers are solitary and bluish with two bracts. Filaments pubescent. Infrequent in west and northwest Louisiana on well drained, often sandy soils with reports from eight parishes in west and northwest Louisiana; Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, De Soto, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, and Vernon. No wetland ranking.
  3. Clematis terniflora DC (Japanese virginsbower, sweet autumn virginsbower) Synonyms include Clematis dioscoreifolia, Clematis maximowicziana, and Clematis paniculata. This is a non-native introduced from Japan and Korea. The leaves have 3-5 ovate to elliptic leaflets that are entire to lobed. The base of the leaflets is subcordate or rounded and the apex acuminate to acute. The flowers are white, perfect, and in large clusters. The anthers are 1.5-3 mm long with glabrous filaments. The achenes are brown and obovoid. It is reported from 35 parishes; Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Claiborne, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Lincoln, Livingston, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn. Wetland ranking = FACU.
  4. Clematis virginiana L. (virginsbower, devil’s darning needles, herbe, gueux) The leaves have three, rarely five, ovate leaflets that are serrate to lobed, rarely entire. The base of the leaflets is truncate to cordate and both surfaces are light green. The flowers are white and in large clusters. The anthers are 1 mm or shorter and filaments glabrous. The achenes are light to dark brown or greenish brown. Various medicinal uses are reported including a liniment once used for skin eruptions and itching and a leaf tea used for insomnia, nervous headaches and uterine disease. There are also warnings that the plant can be toxic and highly irritating to the skin and ingestion may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and convulsions. Widespread across the state and reported from 51 parishes; Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, De Soto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lafourche, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Terrebonne, Union, Vermilion, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll, West Feliciana, and Winn. Wetland ranking = FAC.


Horticultural substance

The private gardens of real gardeners Kit and Mark Grote will be open to the general public as a fundraiser for the City of Covington, Louisiana’s beautification organization, Keep Covington Beautiful, next Saturday only in the morning. Try to take time to see this true garden gem. If you like gardens and horticulture, I suspect you’ll be amazed at the variety of combinations of garden plants and the inventive artwork – self built architectural features, and really fun outdoor sculptures.


Acorus and Pickerel Weed in a marginal aquatic garden


bench, jack-in-the-pulpit, and a handcrafted pigeonaire with real pigeons!! ha




Lysamachia laden garden beds



an old cattle trough finds new life as a cooling pool





attractive Salvia bletherophylla, Rose Bud Sage, foliage is a good looking plant even without its dark pink flowers

scroll down to my previous post to find information on the garden tour.

good day!

Hopewell Sculpture Garden tour

Hopewell Gardens will host an open garden event on May 4, as a fundraiser for Keep Covington Beautiful, a volunteer-lead non-profit organization in Covington, Louisiana.

I’ve heard a lot about this garden and can’t wait to experience it.

information is as follows…




……there are many native plant events April…….send a message to native@camtel.net if you need further info…

Event Calendar Louisiana Nature

March 22-23 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & Expo Burton Coliseum Complex, Lake Charles
March 23 – EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens- 7am to 2pm
March 23 NPSOT Spring Symposium, Austin https://npsot.org/wp/story/2019/11389/
March 23-24 plant giveaway at Allen Acres see attached
Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
March 31 – Presentation, “The Plight of the Humble Bumblebee,” by Betty Miley, Goodwood Library, Baton
Rouge, 3pm
April 2-4 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 4 Margie Jenkins Azalea Garden Lecture Series and Industry Open House
by LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station. Two of our plothers will be presenting: Jim Foret (“Bringing
Cajun Prairie to Town”) and Bill Fontenot (“Site-Adaptable Native Plants”)
April 5-6 Baton Rouge, BREC bioblitz
April 6 Cajun Prairie meeting, Eunice, LA https://www.cajunprairie.org/
April 6 Garden to Table Symposium, Covington https://www.louisiananorthshore.com/event/garden-to-table-
April 6 Briarwood Spring Picnic http://www.briarwoodnp.org/upcoming-events.html
April 6 and 7; http://neworleanscitypark.com/events/spring-garden-show &7- New Orleans Botanical Garden
Spring Garden Show – Saturday 9am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 4pm
April 6 Hilltop Arboretum Spring Fling Plant Sale, Baton Rouge
April 6 Shreveport. 2nd Annual Dr. Allen Owings Regional Horticulture Symposium

April 7 Monroe The Louisiana Master Naturalists-Northeast first quarter meeting is scheduled Sunday, April 7,
at Black Bayou Lake NWR from 2 until about 5 p.m. All are welcome, including kids. We will gather at 2 p.m.
at the Visitor Center to walk trails and boardwalks looking for dragonflies and damselflies in particular, but also
being distracted by the rich flora and fauna of BBL. We’ll return to the Visitor Center at about 3:15 for a
presentation by Dr. Doug Clarke of Vicksburg, who has made himself an Odonate expert. Our members’
meeting will start at 4:30; visitors are welcome to observe or depart at that time.
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 12-14 Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival https://www.townofgrandisle.com/events-2/
April 13 – Festival des Fleurs, Garden Show and Sale, Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, 8am to 4pm
April 16-18 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;
5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 21 Easter
Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
April 27-28 Edible Plant Workshop, Allen Acres
Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 native@camtel.net
May 3-4 Southern Garden Festival, 3502 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette, LA

guerilla gravel grassland

The resiliency of the prairie plant community never ceases to impress me. Take the right of way nearby that was re-engineered last March by way of a giant track-hoe machine, leaving a deep layer of recycled asphalt in which to establish a guerilla garden. In the dark of night I snuck in a inoculated the one acre site with a seed mix of local prairie germplasm, sprinkling liberally from one end to the other. This approach based on James Hitchmough’s work (not the guerilla part) and the fact that prairie grows stupendously in Tennessee glades where gravel, rock and boulders provide a basis for rough-neck red-neck flora.



Rudbeckia grandiflora, a premiere Coastal Prairie and Pineland species established by the hundreds across the gravel surface. I tried with a pocket knife, then a shovel and then a six foot steel pry bar to penetrate the gravel to see just how deep it was but to no avail. Supertough plants, for sure.


Lots of Indian grass, Little Bluestem, Elliot’s Bluestem and Split Beard Blue has colonized and dominated much of the seeded site. I couldn’t have asked for more.



enough said…..



initiating nurturing prairie fires






the Green Garden, Folsom, La, February 3, 2019


Allen Acres, Vernon Parish, February 10, 2019


Burn at Almost Eden Nursery, Feb 10, 2019 Vernon Parish, La


Deana Launey was there at Dr. Vidrine’s prairie burn to capture the St. Landry Parish firemen putting out the fire – and the fun, in a selfie. It just aint right, ya’ll.  What were they thinking?    :))))








at the seed farm in Mississippi where prairie reigns. Shared the gardens for the first time with Steve and Jake, the Cajun prairie dogs. New Machine of Kotteman Forestry broken in on one of the woody encroached areas – worked out beautifully.



Tres amigos! My brother Paul Pastorek spoke on Iris nelsonii conservation and Dr. Allen spoke on “a few my favorite plants” at the Louisiana Native Plant Society meeting in February. Stirring it up…




Iris virginica, a plant I gave Dr. Vidrine a piece of many years ago. Its a pink form that comes true to pink from seed, originally given to me via Lynn Libous-Bailey of Leyland, Mississippi a hundred years ago….



new book thanks to Dr. Vidrine and the other heavy-weight lifters.


photos for program “converting a Bahia grass pasture to native prairie” at the Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Louisiana Tech, Ruston, La March 8 and 9, 2019 – go microprairies!!!!

sustainable landscape design pptfinal



new prairie gardening books



Dr. Malcolm Vidrine has been busy writing books, ones to add to your reading wish list. The first one I will mention is titled The Cajun Prairie Restoration Project in Eunice, Louisiana: 30 Years of Volunteerism, which of course focuses on the story of the Cajun Prairie Society’s establishment of the Eunice prairie.  The latest book, completed and printed just before Christmas is a wonderful story of his family’s prairie gardens located just outside of Eunice. It was written by both Dr. Vidrine and his wife Gail, and is called The Cajun Prairie Gardens.

Dr. Vidrine is a trailblazing biologist who worked in partnership with Dr. Charles Allen to develop the ideas of researching and experimenting with restoring the Louisiana coastal prairie ecosystem. Get the books but more importantly, go see the Garden if you haven’t lately. It is worth seeing anytime of the year and is without a doubt one of the most interesting and beautiful gardens in Louisiana. If you see it first-hand, you’ll understand how I can make this bold claim!

I hope you enjoy reading these, as I did – and sharing the news with those who might be interested.

Have a great day!



rare garden bulbs offered for sale, to benefit Society

In the early to mid 1990’s I came across a garden bulb that I introduced to my home garden in Pearl River County, Mississippi. Not long after, Scott Ogden, author of Bulbs of the South identified it as “possibly a hybrid of either or Crinum powelli or C. moorei”.

The genus Crinum provides us with many species, some are really classy plants some not as much, but all are generally great garden plants taking little or no care.

Crinum powelli/ moorei is one that is hard to beat. It is by far one of my favorite Crinums, having characteristics unlike any other that I have grown or seen. It takes dry or wet, shade or sun, even takes standing water, so marginally aquatic – similar in adaptability to our native species Crinum americanum. Basically this is a bulletproof plant.

I have seen variations of this plant but always it has a bit of pink in the flower. Powelli is clear milk white. Also, I know of no Crinum that has such perfect leaf character – dark green three to four foot strappy leaves absent of crimps, always pretty.

I have shared the plant and planted it in gardens over the years. I took a few bulbs of it with me when I moved to Covington ten years ago and have been actively propagating it since. I have a produced a limited number of bulbs, enough to share via mail order sales this year.

Crinum powelli/ moorei hybrid does not produce seed here in south Louisiana/ Mississippi.

Bulbs are very healthy and large. They sell for $32.00 per bulb or 3 for $75.00. add $10.00 for shipping and handling. All proceeds go to the 501c3 non profit Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society for their prairie management and maintenance fund. Send check to CPHPS c/o Marc Pastorek 72322 Ingram St., Covington, La 70435

————Crinum powelli in a marsh garden habitat in August, in full shade————–

————————-the flower bud of Crinum x powelli in June—————————

————————goblet shaped flowers of Powell’s hybrid Crinum————————

Powell’s Crinum in full sun in marginal aquatic condition with native Cow Water Lily and Iris

a close-up of the leaves of powelli, with a Spanish moth caterpillar, commonly called the Convict caterpillar (identified by Linda Auld), a lily family species, a host for the moth. In 25 years I’ve not seen damage to speak of from this caterpillar – or any other insect.


—————————–a two year old bulb, in full shade, above—————————




wild garden talks by Marc Pastorek, 2019

Marc’s presentations on gardening with wild things, for 2019


March 9, 2019 – Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana – Sustainable Ag Conference – Grassland Gardens, Healing the Earth

May 9, 2019 – Steven F. Austin University, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Les Reeves Lecture Series – Entertainment via Seed

June 1, 2019 – New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana – The Best Natives for New Orleans Gardens

September 21, 2019 – New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana – Collecting Seed from Louisiana Native Plants

October 14, 2019 – International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Conference – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Botanical Landscapes by way of Seed

Grassland gardens are Aster-nomical

When your poor dismal garden in October is as it was in July – and is as it was in April and in January – it hasn’t changed much through the year and you’ve worked hard to keep it that way – you probably need to brighten up your life with some asters and grasses.

When the first October breezy cool-snap cool front interrupts our absurdly long southern summer, it happens to coincide with the most magical time in the grassland landscape, the climactic crescendo of fall. The idea of establishing native grass gardens that have lots of wildflower species can be highly entertaining and enlightening. If you’re designing a garden for year round enjoyment you use multiple species and lots of seed grown native grasses and grass-like plants.

Grow wetland meadows and upland meadows and surround them and bisect them with fine textured lawn paths and open spaces of lawn and other for human circulation and enlightening enjoyment, outdoor entertainment. Composites flowers attract uncommon insects – and humans.

Asters make it fun! Roughleaf Goldenrod and Bluestem grass, Swamp Sunflower and Guara, all from seed, on exhibit at the Oswalt Nature Trail in Wesson, Mississippi, October 10, 2018.




Cajun prairie Restoration site focus

“The goals of this garden include not only representing a historical view of the prairie but also creating habitat for birds, butterflies and bees. I would like it to be a grassland in which you can view it across the site from one corner to another no matter what direction–a sea of grass intermixed with a variety…of wildflowers.”

Malcolm F Vidrine, 2018

flight over Cajun Prairie Restoration Project site on an early August morning, flying over compass plants, giants stands of Cacalia, and sugarcane plumegrass, Brown seed Paspalum patch, etc, via youtube below. nice.




floriferous Covington interpretive Park is open to all to enjoy and study

Swamp Sunflower at the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail bioretention basin, Covington, L




common composite Aster praealtus dresses as mild mannered aster but does really wonderful things!!!!

the spectacularly prolific Aster praealtus, Willow Leaf Aster, a cut above the rest


Aster praealtus, Bushy Bluestem grass, Canada Goldenrod, Evergreen Goldenrod, Little Bluestem grass, Broomsedge Bluestem grass in John and Evette Rosen’s hay field, Carriere, Mississippi

From 400 feet up over the hay field, common purpley pleasant Aster praealtus is really a striking visual to behold.                  photos by Marc Pastorek



  photos of Asters at the Covington NatureTrail, Covington, La October 20, 2018

visit often, a flowery event every day at the Park!

above, Eupatorium hyssopifolium, left, and golden yellow Euthamia, right

aster Bigelowia nuttallii, Nuttall’s Rayless Goldenrod and white Aster dumosa/laterifolia (Covington Nature Trail) – and


one of a fading few new first-year-flowering aster Liatris squarrulosas I found at the Park in the breezy cool fall weather.

on the left, above, in the bio-basin is a large colony of Horned Beaksedge, Rhynchospora corniculata. A midslope area of Bog species and a dry slope to the right (west) side of the bio-basin that has been planted with seed  that my partner Jim McGee and I harvested from rolling hills of the botanically rich areas  at The Sandy Hollow Wildlife Management Area State Park in November of 2016. http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2764

the whiteness of Aster divaricum or pilosum (above, and below) millions of Aster flowers.


Coreopsis linifolia, with grassyness below


silverfoliaged Golden Aster, Chrysopsis

There are many yearling non-aster Lobelia puberula in the biobasin and possibly brevifolia and, above, the blue corolla Lobelia floridanum.

                                         Quite a show at the BioBasin!


at the western edge of the distribution of Gaillardia aestivalis is…

….the highly variable, in color and form, aster Winkler’s Gaillardia, 20 year old plants in my Farm field in Mississippi.


                           Covington garden asters Blue Mist, Eup Coel

              Mikania Climbing Hempvine is fragrant, atttractive and a host plant to pollinators

                                                   Hempvine honeybee


enjoying the flowers, the flowering parts of an inflorescence of Yellow Indian grass this week

Aster corolina, climbing Aster, blooms with the arrival of Monarch migration, along with Aster Praealtus

Dragon flies eats pollinator, uses Monflower as dining table! Ipomoea pandurata, Wild Sweet Potatoe Vine adds beauty to the garden in day, and light to the garden at night.


had fun with growing seed Dr Allen gave me of Gomphrena this summer, I grew it with Cramer’s Amazon Celosia puncuated with Purple Majesty Salvia

what a blast to see so many Long tail Skippers using so many plants Gomphrena left and Celosia right. So many plantsand so many butterflies with so little work.

Monarch butterflies in my Cramers Celosia after the rain, just went outside and counted five, today is October 25, the best week of the year for Monarchs. Get outside.

a species of Spiral Ochid in my backyard from a trip to the Black Belt prairie region some years ago. Growing like a champ in my back yard gardens.


The long awned seed of Elliot’s Indian grass harvested from the garden today, seed originally collected from Washington Parish, Louisiana, from the Pine herbaceous understory vegetation there at LSU’s Lee Memorial Forest in Midway, Louisiana


Made the cut into the new Grasslands of the Southeast Biodiversity, Ecology, and Management book

A big thank you to Malcolm Vidrine, Charles Allen, Bruno Borsari, and Gail Barton for the pleasure of doing this written project with you. I couldn’t have done this without their assistance and persistence.

Here is Dr. Charles Allen and Stacey Huskins’ general map of the prairies of Louisiana which did not make it into the Chapter Dr. Allen wrote. I’ve been waiting for this book and especially this map for the six long years it took to finally see the book in print.

Prairies of Louisiana, Charles Allen and Stacy Huskins, 2012


Bushy Bluestem Tomb Prairie in New Orleans, Lafayette Cemetary 1, Oct 2018, Bushy Bluestem grass and associates find cracks in which to reside. A grave garden, right next my family tomb, the Schlogel Tomb. Stranger things have happened….

I hope you have a fantastic fall. Its always prettier outside…..

Sunflowers are funflowers!