Monthly Archives: September 2010

PGT Treehouse Comes Tumbling Down

A few years ago, a group of friends started building a treehouse overlooking our lotus ponds. Last year, the big old red oak that held a key part of it died. Recently, you could feel the tree move when you … Continue reading

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Poisonous mushrooms popping up?

Masses of red mushrooms popped on the needle-carpeted ground under our 27-year old white pine tree planting. (Not native trees, I know, but we did it so I could have the smell and sounds of New England here in Missouri … Continue reading

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Colorful Painted Turtle at PGT

As we walked around the very water-laden lotus ponds yesterday, Henry noticed this incredible western painted turtle on the path. On one side it’s just a smooth brown shell, but the underside shows an amazingly colorful pattern. We weren’t sure … Continue reading

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Building a Strong Foundation for a Nature Garden

We had great news last week that the Prairie Garden Trust (Prairie Gardens Charitable Foundation), was approved as a 501 (c)3, tax-exempt organization. The Board is composed of myself (Lorna Domke), Henry Domke and Willis Marshall. Technically, the land is … Continue reading

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Late summer blooms at the Prairie Garden Trust

Golden flowers suddenly popped up all over in the past week—especially in the prairie planting that’s just two years old. Tall coreopsis (coreopsis tripteris) is especially abundant this year—whether it’s where we planted it or not. As I walked along … Continue reading

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New Native Plants in Special Places

A few months ago, Henry, Matt Barnes (our groundskeeper) and I drove around with Merv Wallace (owner of Missouri Wildlflowers Nursery) to identify some spots that could use an extra burst of native flowers. Merv delivered the plants last week … Continue reading

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Henry Domke up in the air

A helicopter picked Henry up at the PGT today and flew him around for about an hour so he could take aerial photos of our paths, ponds, fields and forests. He’s still up in the air, so I don’t have … Continue reading

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