Angela’s cool prairie habitat – private garden

Pastorek Habitats provided seed for this 1/4-acre-square home garden – The client prepared and planted, on her home property, near Maurice, La, which is near Abbeville, ya’ll

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she got the soil plowed, harrowed and ready for seed, December 2011 – above

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Monarda fistulosa/ lindhiemerii seems pretty happy and content –  b-b-b-bee balm

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floral investigation, discovery by the young’n

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Hyptus alata – clustered bushmint -delectable!

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Dogfennel, Yankeeweed and a happy Dragonfly on super-pollinator Button Snakeroot –  Eryngium yuccafolium  –  click photo to enlarge – pretty sure it was Darrel Morrison who said he planted Yankeeweed in his garden which is something I had never heard before or since from anyone. Ha  ;))))))))

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the tall and erect Oenethera biennis- closed flower – must be in the afternoon         http://www.eattheweeds.com/oenothera-biennis-foraging-standby-2/

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Oenethera biennis in seed – its one of the easiest perennial wildflowers to grow and most-able to persist – for years and years. a weed really but a good one  –

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Texas Coneflower – Rudbeckia nidita var. texana a real southern coastal redneck rudbeckia

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swamp sunflower, switch grass, goldenrod and ironweed

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Vernonia. sp. – iron weed and boltonia asteroides (white doll’s daisy or false aster)

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a squiggly Liatris – gayfeather – blazingstar

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Helianthus Mollis – swamp sunflower and Eupatorium hyssopifolium – hyssopleaf thoroughwort or hyssopleafed boneset)

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sunflower and bolting Boltonia asteroides

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dashing Blestems in the dead of winter  🙂

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some Broomsedge Blue – Bushy Blue – and Little Blue

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iced Rudbeckia hirta seedhead

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pre-spring sweet burn – how do you make a prairie happy?

photos by Angela Trahan – a Coastal Restoration and Migratory Birds specialist – Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries – Ecological Services Office – NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center, Lafayette, La

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