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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 2:03 PM CST
This last year we have been working very hard to do away with the grass and have only native plant beds in the front yard.
We are very pleased with the results even this first year.

This is the front yard before;
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And this is after;
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I will tell later how we went about it.
Josephine.
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Name: Lee
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TweedleLeeDee
Jul 12, 2011 2:07 PM CST
Looks great, Josephine!
How about our baby 3 legged frog?
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 2:18 PM CST
Thank you Lee, it has been a labor of love, as you know I am crazy about Texas native plants. Smiling
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Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Blanchard Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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MitchF
Jul 12, 2011 2:24 PM CST
STUNNING - looks even better then I could have thought... so what are those BRIGHT yellow flowers there?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 2:31 PM CST

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I'd love to see a complete list of all the varieties you're growing!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 2:31 PM CST
Thank you Mitch, those are Blackeyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, I started those from seed and they looked great but they got too tall, much taller than i expected, and I had to take them out, but they sure were beautiful.
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 2:35 PM CST
Sure Dave, I will get it together for you later when Frank gets home. We have the list done but I don't know how to transfer it, he is th tech in the family, as I am sure you know.
Josephine. Smiling
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jul 12, 2011 2:37 PM CST

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I think such a list would be really useful to anybody in Texas looking to add natives to their homes.
Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Blanchard Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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MitchF
Jul 12, 2011 3:03 PM CST
Dave you have got to check out her website - even here in OK it is my go to guide for Natives. Josephine really knows her stuff.


Josephine - those are beyond stunning... did you plant some on the slope?
Mitch Fitzgerald

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 3:19 PM CST
No Mitch I didn't, the slope is too crowded, maybe I can make room for them in there next year.
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Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Blanchard Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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MitchF
Jul 12, 2011 4:04 PM CST
I could see it with all the other wonders growing on the slope!

Flame Acanthus - is it root hardy in zone 7? I have seen some here and there and found one for sale the other day (they had it marked annual tropical - lol) just did not know if it was coming back in the wild from seed or from roots.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 4:14 PM CST
The wood of Flame Acanthus doesn't die to the ground here but it might in Oklahoma.
I think it would be at least root hardy where you live, it sure is a beautiful and reliable shrub.
It does seed itself sometimes but not very often.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 12, 2011 5:11 PM CST

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Beautiful transformation...and something we all might have to embrace with the drought not breaking anytime soon. You've obviously put a lot of thought into your selection of plants. I'm sure we'd all like to see how you created such a colorful summer spot. I would guess your neighbors are watching to see how they can replicate it!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 5:20 PM CST
Thank you Sandi, yes they are, most most of them are too overwhelmed to undertake such a large job, but everyone can get there a little piece at a time. I started very small myself.
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Name: Mitch Fitzgerald
Blanchard Oklahoma (Zone 7b)
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MitchF
Jul 12, 2011 7:46 PM CST
Good to know - really a stunning shrub and one I wished I had brought with me once I saw them wild here!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 12, 2011 9:23 PM CST
Looking good! It's all a journey...my yard is never finished! Although sometimes I wish it was, when I get tired of redoing it.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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frostweed
Jul 12, 2011 9:44 PM CST
Thank you Linda, you are right, it is a journey, and so far a lot of fun. Smiling
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Name: Staci
McKinney
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sweezel
Jul 13, 2011 12:57 PM CST
Wow! That looks great Josephine! It looks like you got the tree trimmed up also?

It looks like there is a break between the lines. Do you have a walkway through the bed?

I wish I could do something similar to the back yard, at least. Getting rid of the Bermuda would be the hardest part. The beds I have are already being invaded because I have been too busy to keep them dug out.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Jul 13, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Staci how nice to hear from you!!!
Yes we had the tree trimmed up to allow more light for the plants, so now you can see the big branches.
I planted that Arizona Ash 41 years ago and it is an amazing tree, it covers the whole front yard but is light shade so the plants do quite well.

There are four major beds all different shapes with mulch paths in between and a large open mulched area in the center with a table and two chairs for relaxing and conversation.

This is the view form the front door;
Thumb of 2011-07-13/frostweed/f1ac33

and this is the view looking form the tree to the driveway entrance.


Thumb of 2011-07-13/frostweed/d06ace
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: Staci
McKinney
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sweezel
Jul 13, 2011 2:47 PM CST
Ooooh... I Iike the close ups. I really like the design of the beds and the little table set is cute.

Glad to "see" old friends!

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