The Beautiful Side of Quail Habitat

Published on: Jul. 26, 2009

image of Indian paintbrushThe past couple weeks she has visited the farm with her granddaughter to take pictures of all the different wildflowers. Below are a few of her best pictures of flowers.

About every two or three weeks, we have a different flower show at the farm. The first show is in mid-April. One of the fields was covered with Indian paintbrush this year. That's because we periodically burn the field. This year we burned the field in late February.

The second show is around Memorial Day weekend. The entire farm is colored yellow with coreopsis and Missouri evening primrose. By early June the coneflowers take over. First pale purple coneflower and yellow coneflower, followed by purple coneflower and grey-head coneflower. Other wildflowers like obedient plant, spiderwort, prairie blazing star and purple prairie clover play supporting roles with splashing of cover here and there.

image of coreopsis field and little barnThe covey headquarters we planted for quail also put on a show. The first to bloom are the wild plum thickets followed by blackberry and then the shrub dogwood and indigo bush. Blackberries begin to ripen around the Fourth of July. We have plenty of blackberry briars for cobbler and ice cream. Chiggers too.

image of purple coneflowers

image of flowers and old barn complex

image of wild plum shrub row

Wild plum shrub row

image of false indigo

False indigo covey headquarter

I love visiting the farm at this time of the year. There's always a new wildflower in bloom or something else to find. Seeing and hearing quail is just icing on the cake.

Our farm didn't always look like this. Six years ago the farm was still fescue, locust trees and eastern red cedar. Five years ago we sprayed all the fescue on the farm and seeded the open fields with a mix of wildflowers and native grasses. We even had a custom seed mix made for a small glade near the farm house. This small rocky area is full of wildflowers and native grasses like side oats grama and little bluestem.

I bet most quail hunters get pretty excited when they see wildflowers blooming on their farm. They might not admit it, though. They probably get excited for the same reasons I do. We worked our

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