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Old 03-27-2009, 09:06 PM   #21
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Maggy, sounds like you've been busy! It;s OK to seed in those ground covers and just tell people you hand planted each one too
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Old 03-27-2009, 09:44 PM   #22
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Here are a couple of pics of the backyard. Picture #1 is what we started with and picture #2 is what stage one looks like in the winter. I'll try to get a picture of it all green....
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:09 AM   #23
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That is lovely, look forward to seeing more pictures of your spot
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Old 03-28-2009, 07:59 PM   #24
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Wow- very nice!
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:44 AM   #25
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Beautiful MaggyNoLia! That will fill in nicely over the next few years. I was at a conference this weekend and the speaker was Doug Tallamy. He mentioned that the ornamental industry was 1.7 billion dollars strong with lots of lobbyists. He also mentioned how they can't patent straight species- no $. He discussed how we can create both formal and informal gardens using native species just as easily as we can using alien species and provided examples of how beautiful landscapes with North American native plants could be. Funny thing, some of his examples were from European landscapes where our plants are alien to them. He went on to talk about the constricts we humans have in our own heads. Keep up the good work MaggyNoLia! Corridors! I am convinced it is going to come down to corridors.
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Old 11-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #26
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Here are a couple of pics of the backyard. Picture #1 is what we started with and picture #2 is what stage one looks like in the winter. I'll try to get a picture of it all green....
May we have some after photos please ...
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:23 PM   #27
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try your local Audubon Society as well. I have personally found them to be a bit better at native wildlife gardening than the native plant society. The NPS is outstanding, but for Audubon it's their specialty. They promote native plants and have a deep knowledge of the needs of migrants. It works.

For birds my advice is serviceberrys you can stuff on a property, viburnums viburnums viburnums, shrub dogwood (silky, gray) and blueberry family. Blueberry will go the day it ripens but viburnums and serviceberry help in winter. A small fruited cherry and crabapple are great spring food. Holly for late winter. Beautyberry does not get eaten often here but it may be that I have too many other preferred plants.
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Old 11-11-2009, 04:39 PM   #28
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Here are a couple of pics of the backyard. Picture #1 is what we started with and picture #2 is what stage one looks like in the winter. I'll try to get a picture of it all green....
Um, your backyard is just a tad bigger than mine

I like the book recommendation though. Although Kansas was not listed as one of the states covered, I'm only 1/2 mile from the Missouri state line - I'm going to assume this book would be pretty ideal for my needs. I'm adding it to my (mentally) growing wishlist.
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Old 11-11-2009, 06:35 PM   #29
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Be careful, Alison. The folks here will have you ordering more books than the postman can carry. . . .
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May we have some after photos please ...
Everything just in the ground.

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One year later...minus the 20 plants we just planted that we picked up at our native plant sale.

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