05/10/2023 Tuberous Texas dandelions!

We noticed a nearby construction site had Pyrrhopappus (called Texas dandelions, false dandelions, or desert-chicory) right where they were going to get run over and graded. We got permission to dig some up to rescue them. This plant is from the first night of digging, blooming the next day (05/10).
You can see we discovered these were the tuber-bearing perennial species on 05/09/2023 (the first digging night).
You can see here Briar standing just outside the disturbed soil. My hand is pointing at one of the plants.
You can see the tubers for which this perennial species is named! The other species of false dandelions are annuals or biennials. I assume most of the ones we dug, if not all, are perennials based on that every one where we cleared the soil off had a tuber.
We got quite a few from the edge of the construction area. The neighboring land has more of the plants so I imagine they will repopulate.
05/11/2023 this is one of the transplanted dandelions. They have been blooming!

05/11/2023 advances

I enjoy how tiny the baby Astragalus leaves are. This is one of two. The other is in the front yard.
Sedum nutallii from Jeanne is thriving and considering blooming!
This mystery seedling is in a container where I planted silverleaf nightshade. We shall see.
One of the rescued Pyrrhopappus tuberosus is blooming!
Assorted seedlings from this county. All mixed together so we’ll see what comes up!

05/01/2023 planting before rain and checking on growth

05/01/2023 planting before rain and checking on growth

04/23/2023 planting before rain

Paula spotted a crab spider on the Camassia scilloides.
Shackleton is very disappointed that Briar the dog went outside with him for his leash walk. He smells an old bird nest. Briar is thrilled. She loves Shacks!!!!!
The willowleaf sunflower from Mom is inexplicably wilted. Too much water too fast?? Hopefully it recovers.
This is one of two sunchokes, an edible native sunflower, that were kindly given to me last fall! They have velvety soft leaves.

04/22/2023 planted a few things

I put out two of our three pots of Inland Sea Oats! I also moved the all-red prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) out front to the rain garden and a bunch of Strophostyles (fuzzybeans) everywhere.
Culinary sage is at peak bloom in the rainbow garden!
Missouri Fluttermill Primrose is very happy after that rain a few days ago!
This mystery plant is in the rock garden. I’m hoping it might be a Scutellaria.
Penstemon grandiflorus, planted last year from Prairie moon nursery, looks like it wants to bloom this year!

04/18/2023 candidates for globemallow and other updates

Judy’s suggestion of starting the tomatillos outside has worked great. They are already sturdier and healthier than the few surviving seedlings indoors.
This isn’t a Euphorbia seedling so maybe it’s a globemallow??
The Baptisia australis plant I bought at Prairie Wind Nursery last year is coming up again!
This snailseed from Abby appears to live! Though it’s a bit chewed on.
I think this is one of the several ampelopsis vines we moved in late summer or early fall. Yay! I hope some of the others come up too.

04/16/2023 veggie area ground covers

I’m trying to get various low growing plants to crowd out the introduced and annoying sedges around the raised veggie beds. The lyre leaf sage is great because other than its once a spring flower stalks it stays low and tough! It’s starting its spread. Paula saw the first lyre leaf sage bloom on April 9. I may have already posted that picture.