A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Gratuitous Prairie Photos

Our backyard prairie is in full bloom. In the foreground you see the leaves of Prairie Dock. They are literally 14″ wide by 20″ tall, while their flower is about the size of the palm of your hand. The flower stalk grows 8-9 feet tall.


Here you see Purple coneflower, Sand coreopsis, Wild bergamot and Switch grass.

We’ve also seen an increase in butterflies and moths this year (of course, now that we’re moving!). In addition to the Hummingbird moth we saw earlier this summer, we also have a fair amount of Monarchs and various moths. This is a Red Admiral butterfly:

I’m pretty sure this is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. We also saw a male, which is yellow with black stripes.

I’m anxious to start working on a prairie at the bungalow! I really hope the new owners don’t mow this garden down, at least not until we have a prairie established so that the wildlife can see that it’s only a short 90-foot move to a new home.


  1. Anna on July 20, 2007 at 9:54 am

    Your backyard looks so beautiful! I love that you chose all those wildflowers that attract butterflies and other insects – very beautiful. I can’t quite imagine that any future owner would cut it down, that would be such a shame!

  2. Our Little Bungalow on July 20, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    How lovely! I’m trying to get the one of the few sunny spots in my yard to grow like that! It will take a few years though.

  3. southsideandy on July 21, 2007 at 1:27 am

    My little 10×3 or so patch has attracted a Monarch, at least 2-3 of those Red Admirals and a couple of those white butterflies that are pretty common. I’ve been surprised…but I guess that’s why they call it Butterfly Bush. I’d never grown that in my garden before (didn’t have the space), but it certainly does live up to its name. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your prairie looks phenomenal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. denise on July 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks everyone! After meeting the buyer this weekend, I have hopes that he’ll keep the garden and maybe even let us divide some plants to move to our new garden. Fingers crossed!

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