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Old 06-10-2014, 04:23 PM   #1
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You will love the pictures and the commentary on this post at the blog of Stephen Packard. North eastern Illinois is lucky to have this man and all those responsible for understanding the need to do something.

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Old 06-10-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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Wonderous are they not?
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Creatures. Plant and they will come...

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Another summer post from Stephen Packard with great pictures and commentary about the ongoing restoration..

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Third picture down a challenge.
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Would you like a plant ID challenge? Can you find, in this photo (in rough order of prominence): purple prairie clover, prairie dock, lead plant, rattlesnake master, black-eyed susan, gayfeather, Culver's root, yellow coneflower, fleabane, early goldenrod, Kalm's brome, obedient plant, gray dogwood, cordgrass, prairie dropseed, big bluestem, saw-toothed sunflower, and river grape? Find 'em all? Notice any others that I missed?
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Inspiring! There is an irony, though, that so much (most?) preservation/restoration takes place in and around urban areas. Here, on the edge of rural, few people seem to care.
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Those were a pleasure to view. I planted a wholotta wood betony last year and I didn't have any return this year. What gives? Wondering if it was an annual or biennial I found this...
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Wood Betony is a hemiparasitic species so even though it can photosynthesize it will often attach to a host plant, such as a short grass species (see Germination Code K, below).
https://www.prairiemoon.com/seeds/wi...od-betony.html

Perhaps that's why they failed. I haven't any grass in my beds to act as a host!
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:59 PM   #7
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Looking to the future in the Forest Preserves.

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I'm enjoying that blog. Just saw a photo of fringed gentian...showed it to Jeff, and he asked me why I didn't have it all through our field. I'm so glad to see him excited about it.

Last week, I spotted closed gentian on the side of a country road near our friends house. I was thrilled! I've never seen it in the wild. I showed Jeff, and he was intrigued. I'm hoping to go back and collect some seed. I hope it doesn't get mowed down before then,

I love the high quality of the prairie photos...I'm hoping that eventually my restoration will include some high quality, conservative species.
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An young discipline ponders strategy in restoration efforts.

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A nice read. Thank you Gloria!
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