The meadows in this gallery include successional hayfields to which we have opportunistically added native wildflowers, as well as those similar to the E. lupine meadow, where we were able to seed onto bare ground. Hence the use of the descriptions "augmented" and "designed."
The Lupine Meadow usually blooms from late May to mid-June.
Blue vervain, Verbena hastata, brightens the midsummer meadow.
In autumn, little bluestem sparkles as the lupines go to seed.
Wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa, and butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa, blooming amidst little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium.
The Lupine Meadow with eastern lupines, Lupinus perennis, in full bloom.
The Lupine Meadow in late summer with wild bergamot, shrub Hypericums, goldenrod and black-eyed Susans.
We are encouraging the eastern lupine, Lupinus perennis, to take over the low meadow in the east yard of the cabin.
By mid-summer, the wild bergamot, Monarda fistulosa, practically obscures the bench overlooking Stone Pond.
Close up of eastern lupine, Lupinus perennis, and blue-eyed grass, Sisyrinchium sp..
The hummingbird moths love Monarda fistulosa.
The low meadow in autumn sports low clouds of a wild aster, possibly Aster vimineus.
Prairie smoke pairs nicely with the Eastern lupines.
Blue vervain, Verbena hastata, enlivens the landscape along with boneset and woolgrass in this “augmented meadow.”
These low white asters (ericoides?) make a lovely border for this path and we didn’t even have to plant them.
Wild bergamot attracts many skippers in summer.
Meadows line the driveway.
The blue vervain in the foreground was added to a drainage swale along the meadow and provides a nice color accent in late summer.
This meadow was “augmented” with New England asters, adding more colors to the pallette.
Lupinus perennis, Eastern lupine, the sole host plant for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.
Meadows glow in the evening light.