Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Planning to start a new Pollinator garden this year?

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 2, 2019 7:41 PM CST
I have plans to do just that, I was asked to start a pollinator garden around the pond at one of our local Nature parks.
I am very excited about this new project, but the weather is not cooperating, we are in the thirties.
As soon as it warms up we will start doing the layout.
Wish our team good luck with the new project.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jan 11, 2019 8:58 AM CST
Yay!
How did you promote the idea?

I have a problem with clients deciding that the plants must be sheared within an inch of their lives, thus reducing their attractiveness to birds or even ability to reproduce.

And anything that thrives seems to get an automatic label of too aggressive... And the entire patch gets ripped out in favor of plants that don't flourish in that spot....

Too many people seem to be unable to get out of the way.... And listen to what the garden wants...
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Jan 11, 2019 2:34 PM CST
That is so true, many people are afraid of plants and don't like anything that won't stay put.
Sometimes I think these people want plastic plants so they always stay the same.
I am lucky that this park understands the importance of native plants, and I was asked to do the job.
We are a group of three master naturalists volunteers and we take care of 5 pollinator gardens here in Arlington that we started from scratch. Smiling
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Jan 20, 2019 6:42 PM CST
I wish you well.

Hope you can get the plants protected you think in a park it would be better protected from that kind of thing.



be sure whatever you decide to plant is native to your area, last thing you need is an invasive weed issue. google plants native to texas
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Jan 20, 2019 10:46 PM CST
Yes, absolutely! we use nothing but Texas natives.
You are right about vandalism at city parks, but we keep trying. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jan 23, 2019 8:54 AM CST
Good luck with your project. I am trying to get something similar going in the areas surrounding my community garden.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Jan 23, 2019 2:31 PM CST
Excellent, please let us know about your progress. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jan 24, 2019 9:56 AM CST
I will! Looking forward to seeing yours. Your season will start long before mine.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Jan 24, 2019 10:27 AM CST
Yes you are right, but I was scheduled to start on my new garden last Monday and had to cancel because of cold weather.
Can't wait for Spring, can you? Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Jan 24, 2019 2:34 PM CST
Well to be honest, I like the break and the clean slate from the weeds. But already I have my first blooms of the year.
Winter jasmine. Not a native but it doesn't go to seed either.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Jan 24, 2019 3:01 PM CST
That is very pretty Loretta. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Skip
NJ (Zone 7a)
So many weeds
SkipNJ
Feb 8, 2019 7:39 AM CST
Good luck be sure to post plenty of pictures! I am in the process of growing more native plants from seed to fill in my yard.
Here's one garden
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The red circles are a Cornus florida seedling on the left and a sweetbay Magnolia virginiana seedling on the right. The shrubs on the left are Clethra alnifolia and in front of the Clethra there are Vernonia noveboracensis and Eutrochium fistulosa seedlings I planted in the fall... it remains to be seen if they survive the winter.

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I have 5 Staphylea trifolia seedling planted in the area circled in red.

The yard isnt normally this wet but this is after a hard rain and record preicipitation in 2018. These photos give me a nice snapshot of where water travels in the yard.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Feb 8, 2019 11:35 AM CST
Very nice Invaded!! What is under the plastic tunnel? Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Skip
NJ (Zone 7a)
So many weeds
SkipNJ
Feb 8, 2019 12:32 PM CST
frostweed said:Very nice Invaded!! What is under the plastic tunnel? Smiling


Seed trays with seeds that need cold stratification. The cover material is row cover fabric, it lets water in and hopefully doesnt build up too much heat. This is my take on wintersowing.

I have a few frostweed seeds in there but I have a whole tray of its relative Wingstem Verbesia alternifolia too! Lets see if I can push out the invasive weeds with native weeds Crossing Fingers!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge 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
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frostweed
Feb 8, 2019 4:17 PM CST
It sounds like you are doing a good job, keep up the good work. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Feb 8, 2019 9:12 PM CST
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Name: Skip
NJ (Zone 7a)
So many weeds
SkipNJ
Feb 10, 2019 1:03 PM CST
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