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The Need for Native Plants and Wildflowers

By SongofJoy
October 22, 2014

Loss of songbird habitat, fewer Monarch butterflies, mysterious bee deaths … just a few of the reports that seem to be appearing in the news more and more frequently these days. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s possible to do something to restore natural habitats for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife in our own landscapes and gardens.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 7:13 AM CST
You explained the need for native plants very well, people need to wake up and realize how important the pollinators are to our food supply and our well being.
Also thank you for using my pictures of Spiderwort and Winecup, I love them. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 22, 2014 7:19 AM CST
You're welcome, Jo. Your photos are beautiful and the way you have planted your yard with natives is very inspiring.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 22, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Great job on your article! Thumbs up Thumbs up

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener 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 Xeriscape
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 8:43 AM CST
Thank you Tee, our yard is a labor of love in progress. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 22, 2014 8:55 AM CST
I've admired your wildflower landscape too, Josephine! Your photos are definitely inspiring.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener 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 Xeriscape
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frostweed
Oct 22, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Thank you Christine. Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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
Oct 22, 2014 11:01 AM CST
wildflowers said:Great job on your article! Thumbs up Thumbs up



Thanks so much, Christine.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 24, 2014 6:04 AM CST
Wonderful article! The photos are gorgeous!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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
Oct 24, 2014 6:44 AM CST
Thank you so much. Don't you just love wildflowers? Thumbs up
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Oct 24, 2014 8:26 AM CST
yes, they keep me going! :-)
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Oct 24, 2014 4:16 PM CST
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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Barbara
San Antonio, TX
Zone 8b
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BarbaraSATX
Oct 25, 2014 7:59 AM CST
Great article Smiling Thank you. I'm just getting started with my little space and no matter what I read I keep coming back to the fact that native plants truly are the most logical way of gardening. Being on a limited budget is definitely helping me keep it simple, and native plants appear to be the best way of investing in my garden. A beautiful eye-pleasing garden is obviously my goal, however, adaptation to heat and drought are primary for me and native plants do this. As you stated wildlife really do need and want native plants as opposed to exotics. This year I had two hummingbirds, three bumble bees, lots of ants, ONE monarch that fed on my lone milkweed, assorted moths, and very few songbirds. I am in process of creating more beds, along with a small vegetable garden, and come Spring will begin to plant new native plants. It will take time, but, I'm committed to encouraging bees, butterflies and birds to come to my little back yard. Thanks again for an informative article.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Cherish today
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 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds
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SongofJoy
Oct 26, 2014 5:33 AM CST
You're welcome, Barbara, and thank you for planting natives. My yard was already here when we moved to this house. I've removed some things and added many natives. What have you planted so far?
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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