“Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.”

“Science is not everything, but science is very beautiful.” J. Robert Oppenhiemer, Physicist


Have I mentioned lately that the Long Leaf Pine-Bluestem plant community is very beautiful, too? Check out this on-line booklet, published back in the sixties, below.

Click to access common-plants-of-llp-bluestem-range-_usfs_.pdf

Elizabeth’s Mississippi natural meadow – its an unabashed show-off



above, panoramic views of my one-year-old-from-seed Muhleisen home prairie garden planting in Carriere, Mississippi. October 2016 – click on the photos to enlarge



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Three Awn Grass. Dude, just sayin’.


Sweet Goldenrod, smells some-good’, yeah!

That there’s very beautiful, folks.


Split Beard Bluestem – a contender!!!!


Got Splitbeard?


Split Beard Blue, aka Paintbrush Bluestem, Andropogon ternarius, is one of our showiest native grasses for landscaping with cool native grasses, with white fluffy-cottony puffs of seed that show up about October, its easily identified at fifty feet. The little grass clumps are quite small, little tufts (six inches or a foot tall). You can’t see it really, ’til its in flower or fruit – kinda blends in if’n ya know what I mean.


Saaaaweeeet!!! Puffa-puffa, nice!

Git’ you some!


Charlotte’s Front Yard natural meadow

Mother, wildlife lover, registered nurse, author, Charlotte Siedenberg enjoys her Covington, Louisiana Bluestem natural meadow garden



Charlotte’s husband Jean’s scultpures are the highlight of the garden plantings, now three years old. Get Charlotte’s book, The Wildlife Garden; Planning Backyard Habitats, its a cure for ecological blindness, a nearly fatal condition.


Non-natives are plants, too!

Pollinator Pant of the Year 2016!!!!!!!  ….drumroll…..

……Plant of the Year for me is African Blue Basil, a sterile hybrid of two plants. Its one of the best Pollinator species for the garden that I’ve seen, ever. Nothing and I mean nothing comes close. Amazing numbers of Bumble Bees and Butterflies and cool green Skippers were on this all summer, like gravy on rice.

The really great additional attributes are its impressive size, for an annual, and its floral longevity. One plant can get three or four feet in diameter. Mine flowered profusely from the time I put them in the ground in late April until first hard frost which was two days ago – December 9th. That’s nine months of floriferousness!!!!

individual flowers make wonderful additions to flowery arrangements for the kitchen, too! ya-hoo!

Never have I so enjoyed an annual plant. Really, really easy, and really fun. The grandkids were enthralled with the bee activity, their smiles showed it.


Blue Basil last week at the hacienda


This was two weeks ago – before the light frosts we’ve had since took place.


Runner up for top plant is Zahara Zinnia, I tried the white form. Its a Park Seed exclusive. Got mine from Stelz Nursery in Folsom, a wholesale nursery, an annual and herb farm. Zahara flowered and attracted daily assortments of Butterflies and Skippers. A short statured, persistent, floriferous plant. I say persistent because we had record breaking rainfall this year during the summer and it held up just fine. Zinnias don’t like a lot of rain. They like it dry.This one didn’t mind the rain at all.





This is July, above


…and last week, some flowers still hanging on, in foreground – Lomandra just behind – Crinum Eleen Bosenquet behind that.

Third and lastly is a perennial, a Crinum. Not just any old Crinum but Crinum moorei. C. Moorei is the queen of all Crinum, as far as my judgement goes. Its a great plant for any Gulf coastal garden. Big three foot strappy leaves that always look good in the growing season. It grows for me for the last fifteen years in sun or shade, wet or dry. Its a beast. But a very delicate beast.


Dug a bunch for my water garden


Moore’s Crinum blooms in June, July




Awesome Weed of the Year


Hemp Vine – flowers, in white – make great garden addition. Its a Butterfly host plant. Its a weed but when it flowers, if you have a large plant, it can be heavenly scented, is attractive to Monarch Butterflies and the flower timing is perfect as the Monarchs are coming through for their southern trip, October, etc. The blue here is Eupatorium coelestinum, Mist Flower.



Some non natives totally suck – so, careful what you wish for……

I cut this out of my seed fields. Birds eat the apparently delicious fruit and distribute it near and far……


Musta been 300 pounds of fruit on that sucker- Ewwwwwww!!!!!!! Gross!!!!

Bradford Pear makes a great bon fire.


old Chinese proverb – ha


Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now. so get busy w that.

old Chinese proverb ha


My Long Leaf pines at 15 years




nice cones!


this above is what I am shooting for….


ha and maybe, one day, this….

Now. Go plant something, ya’ll! 🙂

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