Late Summer Plantings

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After a timely rain summer bloomers found a new home

A dry spell in August brought a halt to labyrinth work, except for trimming and some weeding.  I now appreciate more why some people really do not like gill-over-the-ground, aka “Creeping Charlie.”  At 1511 we didn’t mind it out back as it reduced mowing.  But in the “Laughing Labyrinth” it really does tend to dominate and choke out the prairie and “nice plants.”   So, with a timely rain I bought Joe Pye Weed, butterfly bush, liatris, Meadow rue and some sages to put in.  I am trying to balance the colors, heights, textures to a degree and yet, keep some randomness, too.  How surprising that many of the plants like Maximillian Sunflower, Black Eyed Susan, and Partridge Pea are pushing up through the dense grass and making their presence know.  Very exciting for the first growing season.

Black Eyed Susans

the stepables in the entryway are doing really well and spreading.  The violets I have planted around “Welcome Rock” do OK as long as I water them as they send down new roots.  I’m excited to harvest forb and grass seeds starting later this week and into September and October.

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About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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