April 6: Gardening vacation day one — Prairie plantings

I returned from a work trip to Belgrade, Serbia on Friday. Spring had arrived there — with pears, cherries, and tulips in bloom — and I could not wait to get home after a successful conference to take a week off for my annual gardening vacation.

Today was warm and sunny, and I drove to the nursery with the car windows open. Katy Perry came on the radio and I turned it up and roared Roar. I was one of those people that make me happy when I see them, singing full-throated like a pop star on a stage when really they’re all alone in their car.

I worked on the bed below the front door, moving a yarrow and the Little Bluestem grasses I grew from seed. I loved the bed in the summer, but in winter it was pretty bleak. I’m grouping the grasses in hopes that their dry golden blades will become more attractive when clumped as a focal point and covered in frost.

Stuff I added:

  • 3 Prairie Dropseed Sporobulus heterolepsis
  • 2 Calamint ‘Marvelette Blue’ (Calamintha nepeta ‘Marvelette Blue’)
  • 1 Ornamental Onion (Allium ‘Millenium’)
  • 1 Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’)

Stuff that was already there:

  • Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’)
  • Catmint (Nepeta x.f. ‘Walker’s Love’)
  • 3 Russian Sage ‘Crazy Blue’
  • 2 Yarrow ‘Moonshine’
  • 2 PowWow white coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘PAS702918’)
  • 4 Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)
  • 2 Blackeyed Susans (Rudbeckia)
front bed after plantings
Front bed, early April

The beds still look pretty awful, since nothing is growing and I haven’t mulched yet. So I got my spring greenery fix by refreshing our flower boxes.

flower box bright
Flower box

Monday the mulch arrives. Tomorrow I’ll try to finish weeding and fertilize so I can get that done in time to begin a week of spreading mulch.


One thought on “April 6: Gardening vacation day one — Prairie plantings

  1. Except for the dropseed and little bluestem, this is material that we grow on the coast too. Prairie style plants seem to be gaining popularity here too, although some fits other styles as well.


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