Saturday, June 28, 2008

Wildflower Meadow

While my Dearly Beloved and I were out doing a Breeding Bird Atlas Bloc we came across this big field that someone has made into a wildflower meadow. It is just the most beautiful sight. We have birded this bloc for several years. We had never noticed this before so it must be newly planted or it matured this year. It appears to be about 2 acres. The edges are mowed and you can tell someone has taken great care to plant a shrub every so often along the edge.
Someone was trying to cut a path through the meadow with a Snapper mower. It didn't work. She waited too long to do it with the Snapper. You would need a brush hog to make a path at this point of growth. There are all sorts of flowers. This was the only tall sunflower I noticed.
There was larkspur and several different types of rudebekia.
Of course no meadow would be complete without some purple cone flowers.
This looks like some galardia has made the cut.
Of course bachelors buttons and some feverfew was abloom.
There were some tall grasses in the background too.
This Redwinged Blackbird was happily ensconsed in the meadow. We also heard Dickcissel singing out.

36 comments:

ChrisND said...

What a great find. Thanks for sharing...Maybe when our weather clears I will have to visit a couple spots that are supposed to be wildflower prairies. They are nice spots to visit.

Joyce said...

Wow, that's beautiful. Makes me wish I had more land.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I love the Ratibida pinnata & the Echinacea growing so naturally. How great that someone took the trouble to restore this area to prairie beauty.

Judybec said...

These photos are lovely.... they would make great paintings!! I used to have some of the prairie daisies....they died out....I'd forgotten about them till I saw your pictures.

Meems said...

Lisa: What a beautiful find! It looks like something out of a fairy tale (or Anne of Green Gables)... so like I want to run through it in slow motion wearing a gauzy, flowy dress.

Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Dave said...

That is a fantastic meadow with a large variety of flowers! This birds must love it. At least MR. RW does.

nina said...

What a nice surprise for you--and the birds!
I like to see others have put forth the effort to create habitats like this.

Marvin said...

The meadow is beautiful. "Natural" wildflower meadows with such variety are not easy to maintain. I'm sure the birds loved it and it was, no doubt, full of interesting bugs. :-)

Thanks for sharing.

Barbara said...

There is no other word: BEAUTIFUL!

Jayne said...

Oh, how glorious!! I would love to just stand and stare at that beautiful sight each day.

Gail said...

This is my dream garden! What a lovely find and to share it with your Dearly Beloved! Thanks for sharing it with us.

gail

Cheryl said...

Hi Lisa....I have just died and gone to heaven....why can't I be ensconsed in that meadow......

Lovely lovely post.....

Deb said...

What an amazing wildflower meadow! Your photos are wonderful Lisa.

Aisling said...

I just linked over from Nan's Letters from a Hill Farm. I think I will really enjoy your blog. The meadow is just perfect. I also love your green leaf post previous. I hope to participate in that event myself, but will probably not get to it until tomorrow. I'm glad I came by to see who you are and what you are blogging about. :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I am so happy you all liked the wildflower meadow as much as we do.
Thank you all for stopping in.

Meems, your depiction of dancing through the meadow in a gauzy dress just made me think of how happy the chiggers would be if I did that.tee hee

Marvin, I would love to look for bugs there. Unfortunately I don't know who owns it.

Welcome Aisling, stop by anytime.

Annie in Austin said...

I'll bet the people who made the meadow would be thrilled to meet you Lisa - and maybe they'd get a kick out of seeing their meadow on your blog. What a cool thing to run into!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Layanee said...

What a great field. Perhaps you can visit again and gather a few seeds. I think there is nothing more beautiful than a meadow, flowers or not. They are becoming more and more scarce.

Q said...

A wonderful meadow. I love seeing sights like this. Lots of habitat restored! Beautiful.
I also walked in a meadow this weekend.
Ahhh...
Sherry

mon@rch said...

Bet you have many good butterflies out there!

kate smudges said...

This meadow sis spectacular. I loved seeing the Coneflowers adding a touch of purple.

beckie said...

The meadow is wonderful! Just think of the bees and insects that are enjoying it, not to mention all the humans. I'm so glad you shared this with us.

And speaking of sharing, why don't you explain some of the birding activities you take part in for those of us who don't know-me mainly. :)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I bet that will soon be butterfly heaven! It is beautiful!

Eve said...

Is there any better way to enjoy flowers than a meadow? I know there is some very happy wildlife around there. I wish I had a field to do this. Thank you for the pics, they are beautiful.

Rose said...

Lisa, That's pretty amazing that someone would leave a couple acres for a meadow. It's beautiful!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

OMG, that is stunning! What a discovery - thank you for sharing it with us all.

BTW, you've been tagged by me in the Six Random Things tag. Check out my blog for details!

emma townshend said...

Just unbelievable, thank you so much for showing us all these garden flowers growing happily in the wild, what an eye opener.

I came over to see the green leaves but I was seduced by all that incredible colour!

Teri C said...

Oh.MY.GOD.!!! this is to die for!! Just simply gorgeous. I would love to just walk through there!

RuthieJ said...

2 acres?? Wow, I have wildflower envy! I would love to do this in my yard.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Lisa, that was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. You did such a good job identifying the flowers. Don't you just want to eat up those Rudbeckia w/the reflexed petals?~~Dee

Gudl said...

That looks absolutely beautiful!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Good morning. What a beautiful meadow, thank you for showing those photos and brightening my day. I would love to do that with a few acres on my farm but wildflower meadows take an incredible amount of work to maintain.
Marnie

tina said...

Wow! That is so cool to plant a meadow-and it is doing so well! I would love to have one too.

Frances, said...

Hi Lisa, what a treat to find that fabulous place, so well done too. Thanks for the good descriptions. I too think of the flowing dress, too romantic, and a straw hat that has blown off but remains on her back atop long reddish hair. Oh the joy.

Frances at Faire Garden

gintoino said...

Wow lisa, such a beautiful place!Thank you for sharing it with us.

Nan said...

Beautiful, beautiful. I will be interested to see it next year and the next. If it is new, that may be why it is so exquisite. I've heard that after the first year or two, some of the flowers are replaced by weedier species. I was told that people replant them every few years for this reason. I'd like to know if this is true or not.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Nan, I will keep an eye on this meadow. I have to be in the area the next couple of years to do the Atlas work so I will try to remember to report on it.

I have seen this type of field go back to nature so to speak. You have to do some maintenance on these meadows to keep the flower ratio as you want it.