Just an update on the seasonal progress of the Odana Road Prairie in Madison, Wisconsin. In bloom this week are penstemon, wild quinine, and spiderwort. Just on the verge of blooming in the next few days are pale purple coneflower, and butterfly weed.
This beautiful little prairie planting is a blessing to those who walk, run or bike along the South West Commuter bike path in Madison. The prairie planting was carved out of a weed-infested and largely neglected City of Madison storm water channel and restoration volunteers from the community work hard to keep the prairie weed free.
Restoration volunteers from Dudgeon-Monroe and other neighborhood associations have, in the past couple of years, expanded the prairie plantings east along the bike path so that bike path users now travel through a prairie tunnel.