I have long been a fan of prairie planting, with Piet Oudolph being a major inspiration for me as alluded to in a previous post. It has long been a desire of mine to include some prairie planting in my garden, but it has taken me a while to work out how and where. Earlier this year it finally became more clear what I wanted to do as I finally identified the area I wanted to use.
Next task was to kill off the grass bits of the border. I use glyphosate to do this, which I know is controversial but I have struggled badly with other new borders by the many many perennial lawn weeds that I have. This also helped me be even more clear about what the shapes should look like.
At the same time that this was going on, I was sowing seeds for the borders. I needed to fill them as cost effectively as possible and buying fully fledged plants was just not on the agenda. So in the green house I sowed Stipa Tenuissima (lots), Stipa Gigantica (not so much), Echinops Ritro, Echinacea Purpura and Echinacea Pallida. I wanted to keep the amount of variety fairly limited and rely heavily on the Stipa Tenuissma as the main grass.
Something keeps digging some of them up, particularly the Stipa Tenuissima. I get home every evening and I replant one or two. Was it pigeons I wondered? Could it be foxes? There are a lot around here. Someone even suggested badgers. Now foxes are still not off the hook on this one, but one culprit has been identified:
A final thought - how many people out there can start thinking about the quite old television series 'A Little House on the Prairie' and not start humming the theme from 'The Waltons' - or is it just me?