July 21, 2015 – Prairie Strips

Last year, we replaced a few tired rows of raspberries with strips of native prairie.

The general rule of thumb is that the new prairie plantings look pretty weedy and not very good looking the first few years.

purple coneflower

But true to form, there are signs of prairie plants peeking through the weeds – like this purple coneflower.


And these coreopsis.


and some silky prairie clover.


and a bit of mountain mint. Later in the season, it will be interesting to see how the late-season grasses appear.