Monthly Archives: May 2011

Robin using little bluestem for bedding

Look closely in this photo to see a robin between the two grass clumps on the right with its beak filled with little bluestem. It was harvesting it from my front garden. Perfect for nesting! Advertisements

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Sweetgrass braids

Native Americans used sweetgrass, Hierochloe odorata, for purification in birth, death and other rituals and ceremonies. As the braid is made, prayers are said, when the braid is burned, the prayers go up to heaven. Although not a particularly ornamental … Continue reading

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Bowles Golden Grass

Golden wood millet or Bowles’ Golden Grass, Milium effusum ‘Aureum’ is beautiful in early spring. First photo is from May 6, 2011when it is about 8″ tall and bright yellow. This is a cool season grass, and prefers cooler temperatures, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Sedge Flowers

Carex pensylvanica is one of the first graminiods to flower in Minnesota, shown here on May 3, 2011. The tiny flowering culms bear male flowers at the apex, when pollen sheds the flowers are light green to beige and tapping … Continue reading

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