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Name: Myriam
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Aug 11, 2016 3:36 AM CST
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Aug 11, 2016 3:09 PM CST

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Reposted in: The thread "Butterflies, Birds, and Bees News Articles" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

Everyone is free to post to the articles thread! I figured it would be easier to have one thread we could follow since some of us (including me before I was moderator) are bad about not venturing into the forum. So feel free to share articles on the article thread and hopefully more people will see them! That goes for everyone! Thumbs up
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 12, 2016 8:17 AM CST
There needs to be more people like her in this world. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Aug 12, 2016 8:34 AM CST
I agree the world would be a so much better place with more people like her!
Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Aug 14, 2016 2:37 PM CST
It's sad really that so many people feel that the only option is the 'green desert' devoid of life, beauty, nature, or interest. Confused

The standard landscape recipe looks a bit like this:
1.)Plant a few alien ornamental trees.
2.) Add gobs of sterile turf grass.
3.) Mix in a few bubble gum pink roses, lilies or irises devoid of pollen.
4.)Sprinkle with a dash of dyed red cypress mulch.
5.)Spray liberally with Roundup.
6.) Coat well with pesticide.
7.) Add a colorful, cheery bird feeder.
8.) Embellish with plastic butterflies of your choice.
Voilà Enjoy! Lovey dubby
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 14, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Sighing! True in too many instances.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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GrammaChar
Sep 8, 2016 11:37 PM CST
You are speaking my language, dear girl!!!
I wish everyone would take a "walk on the wild side".
GrammaChar
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GrammaChar
Sep 8, 2016 11:49 PM CST
Forgot to add the photo. Duh.
Sites like this make so much sense...habitat friendly. We have to get beyond "pretty".
No, this isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea and I get that. But nature is being eradicated by the concrete of the Fast Food Nation and manicured lawns.
Okay, I'll climb down off of the soapbox now. I'm not usually this radical, but you pushed my button.
I apologize.


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Name: Laurie Basler
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lauriebasler
Sep 9, 2016 12:18 AM CST
This post made me remember reading a book called "The Secret Garden", I read as a young girl. That book made me love natures landscapes.

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 10, 2016 6:33 PM CST
Amen, Amen, and Amen!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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GrammaChar
Sep 10, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Bringing Nature Home by Tallamy is a great book too.
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 10, 2016 9:20 PM CST

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In two weeks at the FL Wildflower Symposium, they'll be showing the film "Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home" featuring Doug Tallamy!
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 11, 2016 12:55 PM CST
For anyone who can take the time-- this is really informative!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UonRPIea48Y&index=1&list=PLa...
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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GrammaChar
Sep 11, 2016 3:46 PM CST
Thank you, Cheryl!!!! What a fantastic presentation!!!

And the photos - oh my!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2016 6:26 PM CST
It really was! Wish I had teachers like that! This guy is very convincing, but he needs to be talking to the various government entities that are screwing up our nature.
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Does anybody know if scale and /or mealy bugs have any natural enemies? I'll let the rest of the bugs be (except horn worms).
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GrammaChar
Sep 11, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Don't know the answer to your question, Carol. I'm still hoping to find a predator for fire ants and chiggers.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2016 7:16 PM CST
I could do without the ants too, but I'll only spray inside the house. I do put out bait for them in the garden though. I guess I can live with the caterpillars, as they are food for the birds, Unfortunately the only birds around lately are finches, sparrows, and doves which are all seed eaters. Even the hummers are scarce by normal standards, now that nesting season is over.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Sep 11, 2016 7:55 PM CST
@ctcarol
Carol, an old tried and true combo for me for ants, scale and mealy bugs is a half water, half apple cider vinegar spray bath as well as using a little ACV when you water for cleansing the soil. Old, old, old method but for me it has always worked.

You have to be pretty diligent about it for about a week or so, maybe even apply it directly to the 'critter' by using a Q tip but even so it works.

Same thing works for fleas and other annoying things so it might work for chiggers if you apply it before you go out in chigger territory. Smiling
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Sep 11, 2016 8:11 PM CST
Thanks , Sharon! The q- tips and alcohol work on my orchids, but on things like shrubs, citrus trees and many cactus/ succulents, not so much. The ant bait stations are at the base of my lemon and lime trees. I put Terro ant bait in a saucer and cover that with an overturned pot because citrus are prone to both. The ants farm the scale and mealies, and I don't want to spray them, if I can avoid it.

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