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Fruits of no labor

Wandering around the hilltop this afternoon in a heat-induced stupor … the yellowing grasses crunchy under my flip-flops … I came across this. Why hello, there. What are you, lovely little thing? A purple berry? A quick look around the … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder

What our neighbors see … Everyone has different tastes, and theirs leans towards mono-culture. They like neatly trimmed grass that behaves itself.  I’m afraid it’s going to be a long summer for our smiling, waving neighbors. Maybe they’ll eventually come to understand how … Continue reading

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Grasses: Knowns and Unknowns

Spring 2012 hit us early and fast. We’ve been doing winter cleanup, bed prep and spring planting all at the same time. And, in the midst of all that, we’ve been eagerly watching our “prairie” on this first year of no … Continue reading

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Invasives removal? Cussing always helps

Some people hunt great deals at the mall. Others go hunting the bars for friends. We know people who hunt deer and eat them. But here at Hilltop House, we hunt the evil sh*t berry bushes (aka “bush honeysuckle“). Below … Continue reading

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Location, location, location

Where exactly do you put a prairie? What an excellent question! After lots of walking and talking and looking and thinking . . . and more walking and staring and thinking . . . and walking and looking — well, you get the … Continue reading

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Hey, I’ve got an idea!

We’re going to start a prairie! How cool is that? We’re on a hilltop overlooking the Arkansas River valley. Deer, bison and prairie dogs used to live here. Now it’s home to neatly carved bermudagrass monocultures, fenced off and sprayed twice … Continue reading

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