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Old 03-11-2019, 11:58 AM   #1
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"Habitat gardens are therefore most successful when they
support a broad diversity of wildlife species, and the
easiest way to achieve wildlife diversity is to choose
a variety of plant species that most closely mimic the
vegetative structure of a natural system. Plants are
the living or biotic component of the landscape, and
vegetative or vertical structure refers to layers of plants
that provide a level of complexity and functionality in
their arrangement such that they sustain a broad array of
wildlife species."

The above is quoted from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Project of Virginia State University. Their site offers quite the comprehensive study of what works and why in backyard gardening for wildlife. There's enough here to cuddle with for many hours or days, and the writing is clear, tantalizing and comprehensive. If you feel your wildlife landscaping efforts could benefit from more knowledge and suggestions with examples, this is your pdf!

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wp-con...-gardening.pdf
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Old 03-12-2019, 10:49 PM   #2
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Cool! Thanks for sharing this, Jack. I look forward to reading it .
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:21 AM   #3
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Now, we just need to get the general public to understand and embrace this.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:06 AM   #4
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Thanks for the read Jack!
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Old 03-21-2019, 07:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for the read Jack!
My pleasure. I do think it contains much of what would need to design a native plant garden, not necessarily for aesthetics, but certainly for effectiveness...
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Old 06-16-2020, 07:19 PM   #6
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A few years ago on a visit to a friend's house only a few miles from my house, I was offered a redbud sapling and accepted. I was told they didn't transplant well, but that she did not want it where it had volunteered, so I might as well take it and try my hand at keeping it alive. I got it home, planted it as carefully as possible and watered it regularly, but it did poorly, and I thought I was going to lose it. I kept at the watering anyway and then, one day, I could see that the leaves were holding themselves out better than previously and that they were obviously getting enough from the soil to stay alive. Last year it did much better, but it didn't grow much.
This year, however, it has taken off, and I just looked the species up to see it's wildlife value. I hadn't remembered it being mentioned in Tallamy's great work, so I was surprised at what I ran across. This is what I found:


https://georgiawildlife.com/out-my-b...e-redbud-trees
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Old 06-17-2020, 07:31 AM   #7
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Good success story Jack. I got one out of a handful of red bud seeds to grow and now its working on its 3rd set of leaves. Funny, in his most recent talks Tallamy briefly mentions redbud leaves being useful to leaf cutting bees for the construction of their nests. It really is a multifaceted tree. Now I just have to decide where to plant mine.
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Old 06-18-2020, 08:00 AM   #8
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Good success story Jack. I got one out of a handful of red bud seeds to grow and now its working on its 3rd set of leaves. Funny, in his most recent talks Tallamy briefly mentions redbud leaves being useful to leaf cutting bees for the construction of their nests. It really is a multifaceted tree. Now I just have to decide where to plant mine.
I actually heard and watched that talk just yesterday. My redbud will probably be about five feet or so tall by the end of the summer, but that is purely speculation. Perhaps next year it may even flower a bit, but that is also hope fully speculation, ha ha!!!

For those interested, this movie length talk by Tallamy from only a few months ago is here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHURaRv78QY&t=3449s
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