Landscape Photo #6320: Beautiful lawn or meadow

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Jun 7, 2017 4:22 PM CST
That expanse of green with random flowers is quite lovely. Is this a wildflower lawn substitute? A meadow in the making? I'm intrigued by it - usually what I've seen or experienced myself is just a big fat mess of invasive non-natives rather than this thick stand of flowers. You might want to label some of the wildflowers if you know what they are - that way your photo will show up in even more places. It is really striking, and when the surrounding shrubs mature, it will be even more so.
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Jun 8, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Thanks so much Deb! This area of my finacee's property in a small town was formerly just a grassy 1acre deep "lot" as he called it. It's quickly becoming a future wildlife area with plantings of mostly native trees, bushes and perennial beds. He made a bat house last year and we're adding a small pond this summer, more rock walls and some small wood piles. He also made a few arbors and we have Pipevine etc, Hops etc.What else would you suggest to add?

The small meadow was planted from seed we bought from American Meadows--a Northeast pollinator mix of:

Siberian Wallflower (Cheiranthus allionii), Four O’Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa), Blue Flax (Linum perenne), Lance-Leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), Sulphur Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus), Sweet William Pinks (Dianthus barbatus), Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella), Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), Perennial Lupine (Lupinus perennis), Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Red Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), Catchfly (Silene armeria), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae), Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), and Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis) and Sunflower.

We broadcast pretty heavily and faithfully weed it. I already see a myriad of small native bees and bumbles showing up.

"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Bonehead
Jun 8, 2017 10:51 PM CST
It is just lovely. Keep it up. And please post more photos!
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