Cynthia Alexander-Coday – reprint from Shaking of the Trees Newsletter First Edition dated April 12, 2020.
Down in Dallas, east of the tollway but still in Collin County, there is a historic church & cemetery that were part of the Frankford settlement in the mid-late 1800s. A few years ago they decided to stop mowing the land and wildflowers began to appear. They’ve discovered this small 2.5 acre remnant has at least 200 species, many of which are indicators of pristine Blackland Prairie, as catalogued by Rich Jaynes.
Yesterday on my way to the farm I took a detour by the Frankford Prairie. To my delight the Wild Hyacinths (‘Camassia scilloides’) were in bloom.
On a personal note, it was high noon and I learned later that afternoon, that it happened to be the exact time my cousin’s daughter Michelle passed away from Corona virus.
I know things don’t work this way, but she gets credit for pulling me there.
Anyway, if you want to see the miracle of wild hyacinths in bloom on this tiny prairie remnant, visit Frankford Prairie, 17400 Muirfield Drive, Dallas. There is also an Indian Spring by the little bridge.
Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) Plant Information, 01/2023 – Edit – adding link for additional information
Back in 2020, we wanted a way to share our stories with each other and Shaking the Trees was born. Deborah Canterbury reached out to our chapter members and asked what are you up to? These are BPTMN members contributions during the 2020 COVID pandemic. The articles are being republished in 2023 in a new post format as an old plugin has been removed and causing formatting issues in the earlier html formatting.