Today’s photos are from Connie Ortberg in Carver, Minnesota. Connie says, “We moved out to the country six years ago. In order to cut down on the amount of turf that was part of our property, I created a meadow. It has been a gradual process, but I believe it has become quite established at this time. The challenge has been the sandy soil and full sun. Using many native grasses and prairie plants, it fits in nicely to our surroundings now.”
Gorgeous, Connie! It looks effortless, but I know it isn’t… Great job!
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I love your gardens, and your photography is quite spectacular. The stargazer picture is beautiful, and I love the composition that is mist and meadow and flowers. Thanks for sharing!
Connie, your place is gorgeous-- a pollinator paradise! Congratulations on creating such beauty and harmony. I'm sure all the local wildlife thanks you for your caring stewardship. You are an inspiration for all gardeners!
What a lovely assortment. I recognize lots of those plants. My chives are flowering now too! I awoke to my deep purple iris open in its glory out my bedroom window. I love this time of year.
A beautiful prairie garden - something we simply do not have here in North Carolina. The butterflies must dive-bomb your garden on their fly-overs. It's perfect!!
BEAUTIFUL! The bees and butterflies have probably named your garden as a all you can eat bonanza. I love how light and airy it looks. It shows that you are having fun.
Wow, wow, double triple WOW...your meadow is spectacular! You and Mother Nature are a dynamic duo.
Just beautiful! I love it. This reminds me of a lot of Sussex Prairie Garden in the UK. Your flower colors are wonderful together, but I also like the structure you have added like the arbor as a door into the mowed grass path. Wonderful job, Connie!
Expansive meadows are a feast for the eyes and the soul. But they are indeed a lot of work. At minimum to maintain their health they need to be mowed each fall, to aid reseeding and to add a cover of mulch, same as maintaining a hay field. If left to its own device a man made meadow will quickly return to brush and then forest. I can see where Connie has helped out by adding lots of plants, it's very obvious that there are no deer browsing her meadow. That's a lovely property.
I shared the article on Facebook with my friends here basically trying to show how them they can cut turf areas down, we can plant "prairie-type" landscapes out here in some areas. And almost all my clients are looking to decrease their turf area in CA, because water is becoming so expensive out here. Thank you for sharing. Absolutely stunning and very appreciative of the work you've put into it.
This is a wonderful look!!! I love the use of the bold colors and so much blue and violet looks just stunning. I can't imagine how much work it takes to keep the weeds out, but it certainly seems worth it.
from a fellow Minnesotan...just lovely! And love your dogs also...what a life they lead in those surroundings.
My favorites: all the blue and the path through the grass.
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