Wildflowers forum: Walk through the field!

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Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
Aug 1, 2015 8:47 AM CST
I live surrounded by some Michigan farm country (corn, soybeans, etc.) but a neighbor has around 12 acres of land that he is letting grow wild. It borders my property on two sides. With the help of a conservation officer (or the like, not sure) they tilled and seeded the land with a native wildflower and grass seed mix a couple years ago. They ran out of seed partway through though. Not a whole lot of wildflowers have appeared yet.

Not really the best timing since it is way past peak bloom and it has been very dry for at least a couple of weeks, but thought I'd take a walk through the field and see what I could find:

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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
aka CindyMzone5
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Aug 1, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Nice photos! Even though it's been dry up there, the blooms look great.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Aug 1, 2015 2:53 PM CST


Hello Dennis, those are wonderful pictures of the wildflowers. I would say that there is a very nice mix of colors and they look very healthy. Please encourage your neighbor to continue planting, he is doing a very good thing Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Aug 1, 2015 8:50 PM CST
I'd say they are doing quite well! I love to see this sort of thing. Give your neighbor a thumbs up from me please. Thumbs up
thanks for sharing the photos & story with us.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Aug 2, 2015 8:13 AM CST
A great idea! Your neighbour is really doing something concrete to help fight the declining bee population. Tell him that we applaud his efforts!

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