If you have driven past our shop lately you might have noticed that we have made many improvements. We have new pavement in front and gave the building a new coat of paint. We also added two native flowerbeds to our landscape! Our newest of the two is a tallgrass prairie. It is small but has attracted so many visitors! Bees, ants, monarchs, and more can’t keep away and it is amazing. I took the photo below on Friday. Look close, you can see the bee’s pollen basket (corbicula) for storing the pollen before the bee returns to the hive.
Did you know… “the tallgrass prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet”*. And that some of these plants can get up to 7ft tall. I have some New England Asters in bloom in my our front yard that are almost 7ft tall. Below you can see Sweet Black-eyed Susan, New England Aster, Prairie Blazing Star, Wild Quinine, Hoary Vervain, and more. You can also see the two grasses Big Bluestem and Indian Grass.
As you can see below we also added Butterfly weed, although not part of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
We are so excited to see what it will all look like over the years to come, 7ft tall New England Asters are a site to see! Below is a view from this morning you can see the asters a bit and right in the middle the Prairie Blazing Star!
We love to shop for native plants at Prairie Moon Nursery in Winona, MN and also right in our own town at Eco Gardens in Northfield, MN. Native plants very easy to care for, require less maintenance and attract pollinators.
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And as always feel free to contact us with any of your plumbing needs 507-645-4037!
*and thanks to prairie moon nursery for that bit of knowledge!