A little color on the prairie



This is a meadow mixture for dry ground owned by Ken and Mary Blanke on Little Elkhart Lake Road northeast of Elkhart Lake which contains over 20 wildflowers and a few grasses that were planted in autumn 2009. It’s a pure live seed from Prairie Nursery of Westfield. The very first important step is to eliminate the existing vegetation. All weeds and grasses on the site must be killed off. The Blankes prepped this site for over a year and a half with repeated cultivating, and a one-time application of the herbicide Roundup to eliminate all perennial weeds. The first year there were some new shoots, the second many more and this year everything blossomed in its full glory. The purpose was to beautify the country land, challenge themselves to make it work, make a site for photographs, and for anyone to enjoy as they pass by. Wildflowers: Lavender Hyssop, Butterflyweed, Sky Blue Aster, Smooth Aster, White Aster, Canada Milk Vetch, Wild Hyacinth, New Jersey Tea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, White Prairie Clover, Purple Prairie Clover, Narrowleaf Purple Coneflower, Rough Blazingstar, Lupine, Dotted Mint, Beardtongue, Black Eyed Susan, Wild Petunia, Stiff Goldenrod, Showy Goldenrod, Ohio Spiderwort and Hoary Vervain. Grasses: Sideoats, Grama, Junegrass, Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed. 
Review photos by BarryJohanson This is a meadow mixture for dry ground owned by Ken and Mary Blanke on Little Elkhart Lake Road northeast of Elkhart Lake which contains over 20 wildflowers and a few grasses that were planted in autumn 2009. It’s a pure live seed from Prairie Nursery of Westfield. The very first important step is to eliminate the existing vegetation. All weeds and grasses on the site must be killed off. The Blankes prepped this site for over a year and a half with repeated cultivating, and a one-time application of the herbicide Roundup to eliminate all perennial weeds. The first year there were some new shoots, the second many more and this year everything blossomed in its full glory. The purpose was to beautify the country land, challenge themselves to make it work, make a site for photographs, and for anyone to enjoy as they pass by. Wildflowers: Lavender Hyssop, Butterflyweed, Sky Blue Aster, Smooth Aster, White Aster, Canada Milk Vetch, Wild Hyacinth, New Jersey Tea, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, White Prairie Clover, Purple Prairie Clover, Narrowleaf Purple Coneflower, Rough Blazingstar, Lupine, Dotted Mint, Beardtongue, Black Eyed Susan, Wild Petunia, Stiff Goldenrod, Showy Goldenrod, Ohio Spiderwort and Hoary Vervain. Grasses: Sideoats, Grama, Junegrass, Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed. Review photos by BarryJohanson

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