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Crow’s Nest: Glorious summer

August 12, 2014

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

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We’ve had glorious weather over the last couple weeks and visitors have enjoyed our peak of summer blooms.

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Until today, it’s been dry. Rain will likely hasten some of the flowers to seed.

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Above, Joe-Pye weed; below, Jerusalem artichoke in the barnyard.

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The meadow planting volunteers worked on this spring is starting to show. That’s the guardrail of Harmonyville Road in the background.

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The planting is mostly warm-season grasses like little bluestem, below, but there are also wildflowers to support pollinators and for additional beauty (and to send the unspoken message that this isn’t a patch of weeds but a deliberate meadow).

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Finally two photos of phlox; these are growing along Piersol Road, are long-blooming, and brighten my day.

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