For those of you who have stopped by to check out the meadow, and those of you who may do so in the near future, I thought I’d provide a list of the plant material we used. It was all from seed and some items don’t produce flowers for 3 to 5 years, but it’s easy to see what is growing and flowering now. The Meadow Committee is working on an informational piece that will include information about each item and a photo to help you identify what’s out there. We’ll make copies available through the Reference Desk in the Library, as soon as the material is compiled.
Grasses and sedges were 40% of our seed mix and included: Andropogon virginicus (Broomsedge) 3%; Dichanthelium clandestinum (Deer Tongue grass) 10%; Schizachyrium soparium (Little Bluestem) 15%; and Sorghastrum nutans (Indian grass) 12%
Herbaceous Flowering Species were 60% of our seed mix and included the following in these colors and percentages: Asclepias syriaca (Common milkweed – pink) 3%; Aster prenathoides (Zigzag aster – white) 8%; Baptisia australis (Blue false indigo – violet blue) 3%; Chamaecrista fasciculata (Partridge pea – yellow) 3%; Eupatorium dubuim (Joe-Pye weed – pink) 2%; Euthamia graminifolia (Grass-leafed goldenrod – yellow) 5%; Heliopsis helianthoides (Oxeye Sunflower – yellow) 8%; Liatris squarrosa (Rough Blazing Star – purple) 6%; Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot – pink) 6%; Penstemon digitalis (Tall White Beard Tongue – white) 4%; Rudbeckia hirta (Black Eyed Susan – yellow) 3%; Solidago juncea (Early Goldenrod – yellow) 5%; Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed – purple) 4%.
In addition, one of our especially dedicated Meadow Committee members trekked over to Meadowlark Gardens and dug up (with permission, of course) a number of fabulous plants from their well-established meadow and transplanted them in ours. They include: Asclepias incarnate (Butterfly Flower); Oenothera fruticosa (Sundrops); Vernonia noveboriensis (New York Ironweed); Helianthus mollis (Downy Sunflower); Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Coreopsis) ; Monarda; Pycnanthemum virginianum (Mountain Mint); Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root); Baptisia australis (Blue False Indigo); and Solidago (Goldenrod).
Here’s what the meadow looked like on July 23, 2012. Pretty impressive for the first year. Just imagine how good it will look when it really hits its stride!