I am seeing some early success of the seeding I did in the south pasture "top" late in the winter. I only had enough seed for about the top third of the acre there...I'm seeing asters, some Partriidge Pea, and some goldenrods and Gray-headed coneflowers (of course), and even some false Gromwell...which surprised me a bit because it always seemed slower on the start-up. But the spot is weedy and nothing I can mow to assist things getting a head start. I did spend an afternoon on my knees in there pulling weeds, and it hopefully helped. Time will tell.
I got an interesting photograph there last week during some of our rain storms - some pretty wild clouds looking up that south pasture toward the SW. I have no idea what these formations would be called, but for about 4 hours after this was taken, we had mammatus formations pop up constantly...an unusual evening.
The pastures started out very slow and somewhat sparse this spring - we hadn't had rain here since June of 2013. But the sky busted loose in late May and it just doesn't seem to want to stop. We've easily had over 13 inches of rain here since June 1st! Not to mention hail and high winds...we're still cleaning up branches and larger limbs in the yard from a big blow that completely blocked our driveway with a huge tree trunk a week ago last Wednesday.
But more about the "From the Tallgrass" exhibit at the Neal Smith NWR.