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.