fall color

prairie – a different kind of fall color




no-touch gardens



Been rediscovering Celosia. A hundred years ago I used to grow Celosia as an ornamental garden plant. easy easy easy. Last year at the Hammond AgCenter field day I was absolutely mesmerized by the number of bees hovering and gleaning about the Ball Seed Celosia exclusive – Intenz Lipstick Celosia. So amazing and fun to see! I didn’t get Intenz but I did get Cramer’s Amazon Giant Celosia seed and it did not dissapoint. More butterflies, bees and Skippers than you can shake a stick at, folks – all summer long.

monarchs were happy in the Cramer’s Amazon – I walked up on four last Wednesday just standing and watching for a few minutes – they were like drunken sailors coming back for more and more and more.

Two trips back to back to Eunice prairie for seed and saw numerous Monarchs during my time there. This is an action shot – in flight.

above, Trump Tower in Eunice haaaha

Inoculating a new prairie planting with groovy prairie seed, Friday in St John Parish, La.


I stopped in and took some photos with my flying camera at the Hammond Park prairie gardens. These gardens wouldn’t be so extraordinary if they weren’t growing in the worst soil ever – Ever-ever! We did no amendments for the soil and took advantage of superior prairie adaptability to adverse conditions at hand. Turned out well.

white, clay subsoil excavated from fifteen feet below supports magical prairie grasses and flowering plants.

Seeded Little Bluestem and Coreopsis linifolia lining the walk at the Chappapeela Sports Park irrigation ponds. The gardens are managed to be wildly and woolly – and bug-friendly.

nice crop of Asters growing happily in the mowed hybrid Bermuda turf grass at Chappapeela – wish I could say I planted this but it was created by a power larger than I.


Abita Flatwoods Preserve, Nature Conservacy loop through Pine prairie and Baygall habitats with the Capitol Area chapter of the La. Native Plant Society was a real blast. A good group turned out and we braved the cold windy overcast weather that turned out to be nice sun shiny day by mid-trip.

saw cool stands of Bigelowia nudata, Rayless Goldenrod, and other awesome flowering plants and native grasses, above

thousands of plants of herby white Asters were strewn across the open fields – where’s a botanist when you need one? Nice prairie.

At one point along the trail, where the prairie and the Baygall plant communities come together, Dicanthelium (possibly) scabriusculum – Panic grass – covers the ground with its course textured tan colored grass foliage – a striking change and transition from Bluestem grass to Panic grass.

An occasional Morh’s Bluestem grass plant with its distinctive chalky silver-blue colored leaves stands-out among the mostly tan and green tones. You know you’re livin’ right when you stumble upon Mohr’s Bluestem – num-nummy!!


Old book for free, on-line –  The Cajun Prairie Restoration Journal – thank you Bonnie Johnson for sharing this link with me.


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