Vidrine gardens part of August 26 prairie field day

Vidrine Garden part of late summer prairie garden field day

Malcolm Vidrine will lead a tour of his amazing prairie garden during the Cajun Prairie field day event to be held August 26, beginning at Eunice prairie restoration project at 8:00 and culminating with a tour of Vernon Fuselier’s prairie gardens just around the corner from Dr Vidrine’s. see Malcolm’s blog site at link below.


Louisiana-genetic Lanceleaf Blanketflower puts down roots in Israel!

Danziger Farm, a cut flower nursery in Mishmar Hashiva, a town near Tel Aviv is growing our seed, collected originally in the wild near Folsom, Louisiana. Thanks to Dafna Nir Zvi!


Pearl River County Mississippi Master Gardeners to tour Pastorek Habitats’ prairie fields in Carriere, Mississippi – September 1, 2017

Kansas Blazing stars (not just native to Kansas)(they’re not in Kansas anymore) are starting to blaze in our prairie and Pine herbaceous understory seed fields. Seed was originally collected from plants in Frey Prairie, St Landry Parish, back 20 years ago.


prairie at the end of the rainbow, for sure – the Ponchartrain Causeway – Its called the “Cause-way” – ’cause I only cross it if I have to…


Covington Nature Trails grant construction work nearly complete

doesn’t look like much but very nice vegetation on the ground under foot.


Riverfront Plaza in Baton Rouge prairie design and management plan – by Pastorek Habitats llc

Baton Rouges Riverfront plaza, one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the City will be gifted authentic prairie vegetation for all to enjoy.




New Orleans’ Scout Island still kicking after 8 years. Well sort of…   😦

Little Bluestem grasses, an key indicator species of seeded/ restored prairie health, are fighting for their lives at the corner Harrison Avenue and Diagonal Drive in New Orleans City Park.

two areas, above and below, where they’re mowing in two of the best parts of the prairie. ouch! git that mower outta there ya’ll. Aye-yiyi!


ADYC – another dang yellow composite

Silphium integrifolium, Covington, La. garden

Silphiums plants are rare birds. They’re indicators of high quality vegetation and are highly desirable garden plants – nectar plants highly sought after by butterflies, skippers, Hummingbirds and many other beneficial insects. Silphiums are also indicators of great gardens! …and gardeners. ha

The seeds of Silphium are extremely high in oil content and are very attractive to song birds when they ripen. They are also beautiful flowering plants, this one, Silphium integrifolium, originally from seed from a plant I found with Gail Barton on one of our field trips Jackson soil prairies – collected over 15 years ago in Scott County Mississippi, reaches about six feet in height. A super duper wildlife plant – the John Wayne of the Jackson soil prairie – big and tall and manly and rides high in the saddle.  :))

Silphiums have huge fleshy roots that can reach down to fifteen feet deep into the ground.

They germinate pretty easily but take a few or more years to mature and make flower.


Prairies are basically expanses of root masses that regenerate each spring and go dormant each fall – masses of grass roots that cover and hold soil permanently. Prairies are “woven, inextricable, and kaleidoscopic in character”.


click to see the maiden voyage of the Pastorek Habitats drone, the USS Fleabane, over one of the Mandeville, Louisiana prairie gardens. Still working out the aerial technique.


rain lilies are as easy as gardening gets

rain lilly in my garden

sometimes called Red Neck Crocus or the Crocus of the South, rain lilies are dependable garden plants that take years to establish, but you’ll enjoy the rewards of your effort for a very long time.

Atamasco lily, Phlox, Meadow Rue, native Onion, and Violet – above

Rain Lilies – Atamascos, in April Scott County, Mississippi

some species of Rain Lilies like heavy wet soils

…so they’re very adaptable plants…..

Some like arid conditions and can be used in pots here in the Central Gulf Coastal plain as permanent plants that flower and foliage as they please through the summer

Rain lilies, if treated well will naturalize and multiply to impress.

Zephyranthes citrina of Marconi Drive in City Park New Orleans

I will never forget seeing miles and miles of white Rain Lilies in bloom once twenty years ago in Pass Christian, in the median, on the east side of the bay bridge. Stunningly beautiful landscape it was indeed. That was before cell phones. Didn’t get a photo. Check out Scott Ogden’s Bulbs of the South for details on most. Its the bomb.


for the fun of it

Carex, left foreground – Blackeyed Susie, center – Indian grass and Celosia Cramer’s Amazon

Celosias bring in bees and butterflies and are simple to grow from seed, in fact they’re sometimes weedy. I like the height of this plant, over six feet

Hibiscus kosteletskya var Immaculate at Walter Anderson ceramic

tropical Salvias are exceptional Hummingbird attracting plants – Hybrid, Wendy’s Wish is not only pretty but perennial and the flowers are extremely fragrant – smells so good, like roses.

Purple Majesty or Amistad Salvia (two different hybrids that) are nearly identicle. Everblooming all spring through summer and fall to first frost. In New Orleans they will bloom almost all year.

This is Amistad, center, measuring nine feet across and five feet tall. It has over 80 flowering bracts. Humming birds visit it all day long.


cool Pale Coneflowers and some Button Snakeroots via Gail Barton of Meridian, Mississippi. She has what you call a green thumb when it comes to prairie propagatin’. These go to University of Louisiana, Lafayette’s new prairie garden. Go Gail!


White Leafed Mt Mint, a great prairie plant, makes a good, almost evergreen companion for ornamental pots. I have trimmed this one occasionally to keep it short and squat. One of my favorite prairie plants, This Mt Mint is tame, beautiful and will last longer than you.


Twistleaf Goldenrod plants ready for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Gardens, Baton Rouge. Got some rare seed from Botanist Chris Reid last fall, Solidago tortifolia, from one of the cool Ranch prairies in southwest La. Grew off about 75 seedlings, only four made the cut. Too much rain this spring/ root rot. These are four healthy three-gallon plants ready for the W&F native plant garden on Quail Drive. The garden is a labor of love –  something to see.


Five gallon bucket earthworm farm makes awesome soil

I bought a little sack of night crawlers a year or so ago and kept giving them coffee grinds and veggie scraps,  and an occasional corn meal dusting, etc. I got so good at running the farm I got another bucket and before you know it I was in the compost business – the best compost! Used some to plant my fall tomato and cucumber crop yesterday. Nice.


speaking of fun in the garden……

Dr. Charles Allen’s chicken coop garden

In the giant footprint of his circular chicken coop, Dr. Allen designed a zinnia garden, one of many types of gardens he has developed to attract and study rare insects.


more from Dr. Allen….





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