Category Archives: Trees & shrubs

No Fruits and Nuts

Wild fruits and nuts are hard to find at the PGT this Fall. Could hail cause a widespread crop failure? Some of the missing wildlife foods are: Wild Persimmon (shown in the picture) Acorns (several species) Hickory Nuts Walnuts Osage … Continue reading

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Sedge Wren

I was surprised to come across a Sedge Wren today as I was walking the prairie to check on the Oaks we’ve planted. Finding Sedge Wrens is hit-and-miss here. Unlike any other bird I know of they are most abundant … Continue reading

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Enjoying Spring!

It’s been a lot of fun having Kevin Sink visit the past few days. The weather has been perfect so we’re spending several hours outside every day. Here he is taking a Flowering Dogwood picture at Lichen Bluff.

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Wild Plum

I found this plum blooming on April 29th. It’s in a thicket that is in a fence row near our barn. Working up pictures like this has me excited about Spring. Just a few months away!

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Osage Orange

On a walk at the PGT this time of year you might come across some lime-colored softball sized fruits. They come from the Osage Orange tree. The fruits are heavy and solid and tend to last all winter until the … Continue reading

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Smooth Sumac

Fall is changing the PGT landscape from green to golden-brown. We are just starting to see patches of red and orange. Sumacs are always great for saturated reds. They are just starting to turn this week. This one is called … Continue reading

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Early Fall Color

I’m starting to see hints of Fall color in the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust now. I photographed these dogwood leaves in the South Forty woods this morning. In two or three weeks the colors should be peak. It … Continue reading

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Tree Planting

UPS delivered 3,000 seedling trees yesterday. Here is a snapshot of Matt Barnes getting some Redbud in the ground today. We got a mix if native species including: Deciduous Holly, Serviceberry, Pawpaw, Hawthorn, Butternut, Chinquapin Oak, Swamp White Oak, White … Continue reading

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Exponential Growth of Bush Honeysuckle

This week I’ve come to understand how wildly invasive Bush Honeysuckle is. 5-year ago we found the first Bush Honeysuckle at the PGT and immediately killed it. Because many nature areas and suburban wood lots are filled with this exotic … Continue reading

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Planting Oaks

Lorna and I wandered over the entire property today inspecting trees that we’ve planted. We were particularly interested in the oaks since they can be majestic trees that live for centuries. The Bur Oaks planted next to our family cemetery … Continue reading

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