Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Update from the Kuhl House Gardens

Amazingly, our prairie plants survived the extreme high and dry temperatures of the past weeks—well, not so amazingly, since most prairie species thrive under just those conditions. The prairie dropseed and little bluestem anchoring the berm around the rain garden look better than they did a month ago. Culver’s root, beebalm, and golden alexanders are almost finished blooming, while brown-eyed Susan, liatris, and gray-headed coneflowers are just beginning to bloom. Japanese beetles are grazing on the purple coneflowers but do not seem to be terrorizing the rest of the plants, for which we are very grateful when we look at the damage they are causing in our gardens at home.

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