So many seeds, so little time….

The 88 species of wildflower seeds arrived like an early Christmas gift. Now we just have to scatter them across the newly opened or burned prairies, savanna/woods and stream edges.
They came from a variety of wonderful seed sources: Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Hamilton’s Native Outpost, Prairie Moon Nursery, J.F. New, Spence Restoration Nursery, and Everwilde Farms. The first two are the most local seed sources for us (local ecotype). The idea is that seeds from plants that grew locally are more likely tied to the bloom and maturing time of the area and therefore will thrive better. However, the seeds are indeed the same species and some are from nearby states.  Some sold by other nurseries actually came from Missouri, too. Now if the temperatures will stay below freezing, we’ll be able to stroll across the bare ground and scatter without bogging down in muck.


About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.
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