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Aug 1, 2015 8:47 AM CST
Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
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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Aug 1, 2015 8:52 AM CST
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Nice photos! Even though it's been dry up there, the blooms look great.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Aug 1, 2015 2:53 PM CST
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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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
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Aug 1, 2015 8:50 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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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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Aug 2, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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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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