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Welcome to My Jungle

Reflecting on winter garden challenges

The gardeners guide book.

‘The Gardener’s Guide to Prairie Plants’ by Neil Diboll and Hilary Cox just came out and I already want the authors to start working on volume two just to expand from the 148 grasses, sedges, and flowers of the North American tallgrass prairie covered in this guide.  The bulk of this book is a photographic field guide, showing each plant throughout the season, from early emerging seedlings to late season seedheads.  As if that is not enough, the authors have provided detailed notes on each species’ distinguishing characteristics and how they differ from lookalike natives and/or weeds, as well as site preferences.  Other chapters include topics on establishment, propagation, the prairie food web, and prairie seed mixes.  And at the end is an impressive set of tables categorizing prairie plants every way there is to aid in selecting, siting, and propagation.  I give this book an A+.