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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: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
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SongofJoy
Jul 13, 2014 4:40 PM CST
Thanks so much, Gigi.
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
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rocklady
Jul 13, 2014 7:52 PM CST
Great article, Tee. When we first moved to AR, we spent one hot day at a crystal mine and brought home some nice ones. Everyone probably knows that AR also has Crater of Diamonds State Park. Some day I hope to go down just for the fun of it and do a little digging.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jul 14, 2014 5:21 AM CST
Thanks, Jean. That sounds like an interesting outing at Crater of Diamonds Park. We used to pan for gold in CA. We only found very small flakes but there were others who would (and still do) come away with some large nuggets. Smiling
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jul 14, 2014 7:30 AM CST
@SongofJoy You get to keep the diamonds if you happen to be fortunate enough to find one. As long as you don't have it cut, you owe nothing, but if you have it cut you owe $$$$$$$$! I have always loved rocks and on our way home from vacation once, I spent our last $10 on a geode. We never go anywhere new that we don't come home with rocks. I even have two rocks that came from the Crazy Horse monument. The Ziolkowskis are very clever. At the Visitor's Center they have a large bin with rocks, and for a donation, you get to bring one home.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jul 14, 2014 7:40 AM CST
Same here, love rocks. I carried some across country when we moved. They always bring a smile when I see them. Well, most of the time. In CA, I had used a bunch of rocks in a dry stream bed. One day I spied the neighbor next door picking them up to shore up his slipping dirt bank. I would have given him some if he'd asked. When I went out and explained that I'd found those and had to haul them all back home myself, he returned them. Oh well. Blinking
I garden for the pollinators.
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crittergarden
Jul 14, 2014 9:20 AM CST
When I still lived in Tennessee, I took my first trip West. Brought home rocks from Puget Sound. Later moved them with me from Tennessee to California. THEN moved them here to Pittsburgh.

And I have 2 nice and not tiny ones from the Isle of Skye that I brought home to SF in my backpack. Moved them here to Pittsburgh with me, too. One of them is green with a brown vein and BARNACLES! Hilarious!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarde...
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jul 14, 2014 9:23 AM CST
@SongofJoy There is a drainage pipe that runs from the neighbor's yard under our driveway and exits in an area which is still on the property. I filled the path of the water with rocks and that is what I call my creek. When it rains I can see my "creek" from three rooms in the house and that makes me happy. Right now I have to pull the weeds out that have grown due to the excessive rains we have had but I'm not upset with the rain -- it's usually dry this time of the year.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jul 14, 2014 9:25 AM CST
@crittergarden I suppose I could say we gals love our rocks!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jul 14, 2014 9:44 AM CST
I was just looking at our former house in NorCal on Google Earth and Google Maps. It appears the rocks I lugged to the dry stream bed are still there. Hurray!
I garden for the pollinators.
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
Rabbit Keeper Bee Lover Cat Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Hummingbirder
Dog Lover Birds Plant and/or Seed Trader Bulbs Echinacea Irises
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crittergarden
Jul 14, 2014 9:54 AM CST
We ROCK!
Hilarious!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarde...
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar
Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Avid Green Pages Reviewer
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SongofJoy
Jul 14, 2014 10:57 AM CST
Yes, indeed!! Thumbs up Hurray!
I garden for the pollinators.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jul 14, 2014 12:25 PM CST
That's for sure!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam

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