Wildflowers forum: Adding to an established wildflower meadow

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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
May 7, 2012 1:36 PM CST
Today, I'm beat. I've been setting in transplants of wingstem, cosmos, millet, perennial sunflowers, salvias and a few others in my wildflower meadow. It's heavy going chopping through all the matted down grass and roots...I'd forgotten this little fact when I planned things this way! Hilarious!

I'm hoping to get more late-season yellows and reds out there. I've lots of pinks, lavenders and gold, but nothing really bright and eye-catching until these new plants flower.


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gingin
May 25, 2012 3:05 PM CST
So how's it going?? Look at my list and see is there anything you might want...granted I'm in Florida so they might not make for you Hilarious! How are the blue curls doing BTW?? The zinneas you sent me are blooming and the sunflowers have buds Lovey dubby
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
May 25, 2012 3:49 PM CST
Yay! That's great to hear!

I haven't even started any sunflowers yet. Hilarious!
The blue curls have just been placed in their *permanent* homes and seem to be doing well. Smiling They're tough and sturdy growers!

I'm afraid to look in the wildflower meadow...with no rain since planting I'd bet that all of my transplants are goners. I have some extra plants to try again...if/when we ever get the chance of rain.

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 1, 2012 5:45 AM CST
Well did you finally get rain?

So what else is in your wildflower area? Just curious?

"late season red" I have been trying to think and can not think of much red in the wildflower category,
In my garden is a nice beebalm but I don't think red is a wildflower? more a cultivated form?
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 1, 2012 6:12 AM CST
We had sprinkles last evening and overnight, but I'm not sure that we had amounts of much more than just enough to settle the dust. We'll take what we can get, though!

Dianthus, Echinacea, several types of Asters, Shasta Daisies, Black-eyed Susan, wild Monarda, Milkweed and a few others.

Thumb of 2012-06-01/chelle/37a8ea


Red Salvias and Cosmos are what I've thought of, so far. I do have lots of the red Monarda, but here it blooms pretty early in the season, I think. I have some red Butterfly Weed started, they just need to get out there when they'll have a chance to live. Smiling
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gardengus
Jun 2, 2012 5:50 AM CST
Very nice

How big is your meadow?
When did you start it?
Do you mow it ever?

sorry for all the questions *Blush*
I have considered doing one but just never have ''yet''
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 2, 2012 6:56 AM CST
Do you have spiderworts?
I was just reading and they are native,I have several I have just pulled and was wondering where they should go Big Grin
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jun 2, 2012 4:55 PM CST
I have some spiderworts in bright shade. Can they take full, all day sun with no supplemental watering?

There are two wildflower meadows back there; each are approx. a quarter, to a half-acre, I'd say. We mowed it the first fall and so far, that's it. I'm pretty sure, anyway. *Blush* The couple of years after my son was born are a bit of a blur in my (gardening) memory. I think it's in its eighth or ninth year. The first several years we mostly just planted trees in the back section.
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jun 3, 2012 9:47 AM CST
I finally got up the nerve to check on my transplants out back.

Eighty-percent of them are alive and well!!!! Hurray!

The only ones that aren't are the ones the wildlife dug out.

I am simply amazed! We got maybe a thimble-full of rain in the month of May...how do they do it?

I love wildflowers!! Lovey dubby
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 3, 2012 11:12 AM CST
Thumbs up

I guess they are just designed to take care of themselves (my kind of flowers)

The spiderworts are growing in a place with full sun and no water, they do tend to look a bit ratty by seasons end but are putting on a show nowThumb of 2012-06-03/gardengus/3aed9a
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Jun 3, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Beautiful. Thumbs up Mine in shade look ratty by late summer, too. Luckily, they're in with hostas and periwinkles so they just kind of blend in.

I see your Gooseneck is ahead of mine...they're just in bud stage here.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 3, 2012 12:46 PM CST
these are low and stunted , also growing with no water, the ones in the ''real'' garden are not flowering yet and about 30'' tall
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