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Old 12-30-2014, 02:03 PM   #11
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I'm with you on the dandelions, katjh. In the spring, when they and the violets are blooming with the spring beauties, my heart just sings.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:01 PM   #12
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I think there should be a book available, or perhaps a website, for say the Northeast, Southwest, etc., showing all the plants that have alien counterparts, and noting whether the plant is invasive or not. I'm among the many who don't know but would like to know.
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I've seen a book (from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, maybe?) listing native replacements for exotic plants, but not the listing you describe, Sage.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:23 PM   #14
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Thank you, Dapjwy. Sometimes reducing an argument to the basics can provide some clarity.

Needless to say I think Professor Tallamy got it right, and Professor Thompson has got it wrong.
Very true.

I am really not a Facebook fan, but have been checking in on their Pennsylvania Native Plant Society page...now I just found myself looking for the "like" button for your post! (I think I'm going to make myself sick! )
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I think it is very dangerous to use the words "alien" and "invasive" interchangeably! I don't worry so much about the alien dandelions in my yard...but I do work very hard to eradicate the invasive glossy buck thorn. BIG difference as far as I'm concerned. Same is true for things like garlic mustard - I am constantly on the lookout for that invasive alien. I agree that we are going to have to learn to live with some aliens, but I don't agree that we should just accept the invasives.
Right, kat. Now we just have to get the general public to understand things that way.
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I think there should be a book available, or perhaps a website, for say the Northeast, Southwest, etc., showing all the plants that have alien counterparts, and noting whether the plant is invasive or not. I'm among the many who don't know but would like to know.
Great point, Sage...having reference materials is so important...and you reminded me that there are people who do care or would care and just need to know what to do (and what not 5o do).
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I've seen something similar online (I think), Rebek.
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I think there should be a book available, or perhaps a website, for say the Northeast, Southwest, etc., showing all the plants that have alien counterparts, and noting whether the plant is invasive or not. I'm among the many who don't know but would like to know.
I have a book sort of like this. It is called "Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants". I can't seem to find it right now - may have loaned it out - but it is a good resource. It gives multiple suggestions for natives to use in place of common aliens in home landscapes.
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I think you have the book I was remembering, katjh.
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I think you have the book I was remembering, katjh.
Your signature quote just made me laugh, Rebek. I have both a garden AND a library....problem is, they are both slightly (or more than slightly) unorganized! Hence, why I can't put my hands on the book at the moment .
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