Planting seeds

Prairie larkspur seeds planted in the habitat.

Prairie larkspur seeds planted in the habitat.

Purple coneflower seeds.

Purple coneflower seeds.

This month we planted wildflower seeds in our pollinator habitat. Many wildflower seeds need a cold treatment called stratification. In nature this happens when seeds drop from the plant in the fall, overwinter in the ground and then germinate in the spring. Seeds we planted include:

  • Prairie larkspur
  • Showy beardstongue
  • Large flowered beardstongue
  • Purple coneflower
  • Pasque flower
  • Biennial gaura
  • Compass plant
  • Partridge pea
  • Plains coreopsis
  • Butterfly milkweed
  • Whorled milkweed
  • Swamp milkweed
  • Grey headed prairie coneflower
  • White prairie-clover

MJ

Rain Barrel and Insect Hotel

Rain barrel donated to our habitat project.

Rain barrel donated to our habitat project.

Close up view of insect hotel.

Close up view of insect hotel.

We had a rain barrel donated to our pollinator habitat.  Thank you Dave!  Last month we got it installed.  First we needed to attach a new rain gutter to the shed.  Thank you Chris!  Then we put in a small brick patio for the rain barrel to sit on.  With the nice rains we have received this month the rain barrel is full and will help us water our plants through the fall until the ground freezes.  We are still collecting and adding material to the insect hotel. We found Spanish tiles at the Eco Store to make the roof.

Insect hotel in pollinator habitat.

Insect hotel in pollinator habitat.

MJ