• Weed and more native plants will come

    by  • May 16, 2012 • Design, Garden, Plant Profiles, Sierra Foothills, Spring • 7 Comments

    Field of Pretty Face

    Field of Pretty Face

    The natural meadow in the second year
    By that, I mean, this is the second year that I have weeded or planted here.

    I’ve planted my 5 year old garden in irrigation zones.  The area around the house gets the most water and has the most non-native, but Mediterranean plants. We’re on a slope so the next level down is also a mix, but the plants there live without much water at all once established.

    The outlying areas in a large circle around this level is wild, but with some introduced California native plants and will get no water after this second year.

    In the center is where the wildflower transplants were installed.

    In the center is where the wildflower transplants were installed.

    One area of this third, no-water area just below the house, I call the natural meadow because it started out with many existing native wildflowers like Blue flax, linum lewisii, Valley Tassels, Castilleja attenuata, Pretty face, Blue flax, linum lewisii, Valley Tassels, Castilleja attenuata, Pretty face, Triteleia ixioides and Shooting star, Dodecatheon hendersonii, Dodecatheon hendersonii.  It’s in a large open gently sloping field with an old glider bench overlooking.

    Old glider on path between the 'zones'

    Old glider on path between the ‘zones’

    In the center of this area, last spring, I transplanted some wintersown wildflowers from six-pak trays into the ground.

    The flowers are incredibly more dense than last year

    The flowers are incredibly more dense than last year

    For three days that same spring I weeded the whole 30′ x 80′ area and now, a year later, I see the result even more natives have grown here.  I’m delighted!  With a few manageable patches of the filaree weeded this month, the meadow glows with the soft yellow of the Pretty face.

    See the tiny grass in between? Achnatherum hymenoides, Indian ricegrass

    See the tiny grass in between? It’s Indian ricegrass, Achnatherum hymenoides

    About

    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    7 Responses to Weed and more native plants will come

    1. May 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      I love how your slide show shows the progression of your wonderful meadow. A colony of Pretty Face like that is no small accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what comes up next! Giggling about “weed”. Is that a verb, or a noun?

      • May 16, 2012 at 11:03 pm

        I don’t know if weed is a verb or a noun, Katie. hahaha “We weed.” I guess I should place a comma somewhere, huh? Hey, you haven’t visited at the nursery yet. Are you ever off on Wed or Thurs? I bet your Buddleias are getting big. Mine are. Hope to see you soon….

    2. May 17, 2012 at 7:22 am

      That is an absolutely incredible amount of prettyface in one spot! I’ve been trying to grow it, but I planted 12 bulbs and got 4 plants, only 2 of which bloomed. You planted none, it sounds like, and got hundreds!

      • May 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

        This area must be where they live, Gayle. Maybe I can send you some bulbs… I accidentally dug some up when planting those Cleveland sage.

    3. May 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Your efforts and progression of the meadow inspire me to continue to try to “tame” the area around us.

      • May 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        Thanks, Marie,…if you like to weed, it’s not too hard and *very*enjoyable.

    4. May 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

      That’s an inspirational meadow, for certain!

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