The seed mix for the meadow contains native forbs (flowering plants, annuals, perennials) and grasses. In time it will grow into a natural mosaic of plants, patches and drifts developing in the niches and micro-climates they find most comfortable. Over time this mosaic will shift and change, through a process called succession. Some of the plants, like the Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susan), will come on strong in the first year, with a spectacular show of yellow flowers all summer long. Still others, the warm season grasses in particular, may not really take off until a few seasons later, biding their time until they eventually fill in and lend their slender form to the swaying field. This dynamic nature is part of the reason we find meadows to be so exciting. On top of the visual aesthetic, an established meadow hums with life, providing food and shelter for countless creatures. Far more interesting than flat green grass.
|Seed mixed and ready to sow. On sites of this scale we broadcast the seed by hand.|
|The seeded soil.|
|Now we wait.|