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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

By SongofJoy
July 13, 2014

The Nature Conservancy calls Tennessee the most biologically rich of all the inland states. As I walk through my property and neighborhood, I see many exotic plants. Fortunately, I also see an abundance of native plants.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 12, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Tee, thank you for this wonderful article, Tennessee truly is a wonderful and diverse state! My husband and I love visiting the areas of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee whenever the chance arises ... nature at it's best.

It truly is a beautiful day in the neighborhood of the state of Tennessee!
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jul 12, 2014 10:35 PM CST
plantladylin said:Tee, thank you for this wonderful article, Tennessee truly is a wonderful and diverse state! ... nature at it's best.

It truly is a beautiful day in the neighborhood of the state of Tennessee!


I agree Thumbs up

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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 5:20 AM CST
Thank you both for reading and commenting. I'm a forager and I do love the abundance of native flora and fauna here. It's very different from CA which was our home for decades. But it's also a beautiful place to live and garden. Smiling
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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Jul 13, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Thanks for a wonderful article on our home state.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 7:23 AM CST
You're very welcome, Dave. I find it interesting here year around in every season.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jul 13, 2014 9:11 AM CST
GREAT article Tee - thank you so much and I enjoyed each and every photo. Just beautiful Thumbs up
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Thanks so much, vic. It was a fun article for me.
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jmorth
Jul 13, 2014 9:43 AM CST
Great article. Being a rock collector, I identified w/ the pic of the outcrop. About 75 miles away from my place one can find geodes (roundish rocks w/ crystals inside) in strata like that.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 10:05 AM CST
Thanks, j.

That's wonderful. I have not found any geodes here but I do have a few I found out west. And this beauty ...

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jmorth
Jul 13, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Nice agate!
Here's a 97 pounder I found in McKee Creek near the Illinois River -
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 10:32 AM CST
My word, that's a real beauty, j. And huge! Do you have it on display somewhere?

The others I have are much smaller. And I have some polished slices we bought somewhere. I think it was at the LaBrea Tar Pits in CA. Either that or somewhere in northern CA.
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jmorth
Jul 13, 2014 10:43 AM CST
It's on display in our living room.
There are several references to Tennessee geode sites here -
https://www.google.com/search?...
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 10:46 AM CST
This discussion prompted me to go look for the rest of my geodes and slices. So far, I'm coming up empty. But I'll find them eventually.

Thanks for the link.
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jmorth
Jul 13, 2014 10:49 AM CST
I use quite a few to form an edge to the backyard garden.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 10:51 AM CST
That's a great use for them. The cut ones do sparkle in the sunlight.
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jul 13, 2014 11:10 AM CST
jmorth said:Nice agate!
Here's a 97 pounder I found in McKee Creek near the Illinois River -
Thumb of 2014-07-13/jmorth/4182e0



Wow! 97 pounds! Blinking

Nice! Thumbs up

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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jul 13, 2014 11:11 AM CST
SongofJoy said:The cut ones do sparkle in the sunlight.


I agree Thumbs up
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Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


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crittergarden
Jul 13, 2014 12:48 PM CST
Wonderful!
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 12:49 PM CST
Thank you, crittergarden.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jul 13, 2014 3:44 PM CST
TN is where I want to retire someday! Beautiful article and love the photos!
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