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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
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Natalie
Feb 27, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

Thumb of 2013-09-19/Natalie/920291
Natalie
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Feb 27, 2015 6:06 PM CST
BEAUTIFUL I tip my hat to you.
Toni
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 27, 2015 7:20 PM CST
It's GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Feb 27, 2015 8:29 PM CST
Thought it was an apple blossom at first glance, Natalie. Lovely!
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Feb 28, 2015 8:57 AM CST
right on! I love to see milkweed get some banner time nodding
Nice job Natalie
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Feb 28, 2015 10:06 AM CST
Such a nice banner, Natalie!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Thanks so much for the thumbs and acorns! This is one of my favorite flowers, and grows wild on my property. I really love it! Hopefully I can get more of it to grow around here!
Natalie
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Feb 28, 2015 1:43 PM CST
We had a Buckeye caterpillar for two days on the banner, and now we've got milkweed. Let's raise awareness of butterfly gardening, folks! And then come join us in the forum. We're really nice, I promise!

Also, Monarch Watch is growing flats of milkweed to sell later this year. They've been posting pictures of the seeds germinating and coming up on Facebook. This is one of the species they were posting. Love having it featured on the banner! Thumbs up
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 1:59 PM CST
Melanie, I gathered some seeds from this one, but haven't tried growing them yet. Not sure how to do it, but I'll give it a try. I did leave some seeds to spread though. I sure would have loved to have seen a Monarch on them!
Natalie
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Feb 28, 2015 2:26 PM CST
Natalie, I bought some native milkweed seeds from Everwilde Farms earlier this year. They are currently cold stratifying in my fridge. They also sell Showy Milkweed and here is the page which has helpful tips on germinating and growing them It also has a map for people who want to see where they are native to. Not Florida, which is why I chose other species! http://www.everwilde.com/store/Asclepias-speciosa-WildFlower...
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 2:29 PM CST
Thanks Melanie. These are growing wild all over the place here, and it is such a beautiful sight when they are blooming! I'll check that site out shortly!
Natalie
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Feb 28, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Awesome! I hope many Monarchs come your way this year. Be sure and pet a caterpillar for me!
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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 2:48 PM CST
I've only lived here two years, but I haven't seen a Monarch yet. I even ride the ATV up and down the road to check out all the other milkweeds that are growing, and haven't seen anything. But, I'll keep looking, and if I ever see a caterpillar, it will get a pet from from both of us! If nothing else, the bees seem to like the flowers, so it is worth it just for that.
Natalie
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Feb 28, 2015 6:39 PM CST
I have faith that they'll find your plants, eventually! And it will be super exciting and you can take pictures and show us over in the butterfly thread. But helping the bees is super important, as well!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2015 6:45 PM CST
I have some Asclepias incarnata seeds in the fridge now. These are ones that are native to Fl.:
http://www.everwilde.com/store/Asclepias-incarnata-WildFlowe...

Also, I recently read a tip for harvesting milkweed seeds or rather making sure you can harvest them. When the pods begin to get ripe but are not quite "there" yet, wrap a rubber band around the pod so it doesn't split open & release the seeds when you aren't there to catch it. Then when you check & see it trying to split open you can pluck the pod & take it to a safe location for extraction of the seeds.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Feb 28, 2015 6:50 PM CST
I bought Spider milkweed and Whorled milkweed from Everwilde. I don't have a wet enough site for A. incarnata. That's one bad thing about Florida's native milkweeds. About half of them grow in wetlands. It can be hard to find ones for us folks who chose to not build our house on swampland. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2015 7:13 PM CST
I agree but I think I have an area that is moist enough for them. I'm going to try it anyway. I looked & looked & looked for the whorled milkweed seeds but either couldn't find any or they were sold out. Didn't know about Everwilde then & it's too late now for this year so I will have to do it next year.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Ann, thanks for that tip. I spent the last two years driving the ATV up the driveway and checking them, several times a day! Rolling on the floor laughing This will save some wear on the tires!
Natalie
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 28, 2015 7:26 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. And when I read it I did one of those palm slaps to forehead numbers. Rolling my eyes.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers
Cottage Gardener Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United States of America Echinacea Xeriscape
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Natalie
Feb 28, 2015 9:03 PM CST
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