Field of Wildflowers

My village neighbor, B. J., asked, “Did you see the field of wildflowers on Queenswood?” 

After we nailed down the location, I made it a point to look when we took that route on Sunday.  Sure enough, a field adjacent to the country road was filled with a variety of Illinois wild flowers:  Rudbeckia [gold and brown daisies], Monarda [purple bee balm], Queen Ann’s Lace [white doilie flowers also called wild carrot], day lillies, white yarrow, butterfly weed [orange], and more I could not name. 

Prairie grasses give it a fluffy, ethereal look studded with color.  The effect was charming.  B. J. told me the owner had Pheasants Forever, a preservation group, come in and plant the field.  The first two years, it was a less than impressive expanse of weeds and grass.  But by  year three, the flowers begin to dominate.  I have noticed in the past that they burn the field, as the native Americans would do in order to maintain prairie.  Burning actually helps wild flowers germinate.

If you are in the area, take a drive down Queenswood [also known as old Deacon Street], East, from Springfield Road in Groveland.  The field is about one mile on the right.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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