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Aug 1, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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I do not think I could have done this on purpose if I tried. I do not try to companion anything, I just plant.
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There used to be a spruce right here, placed there by the previous owner for privacy since there's that big picture window facing the road. We're out in the country and when we first moved here, we were in awe of seeing the sun rise. When the tree got bigger it would hide that.

Early one spring, that tree had to go! I think we tried some hydrangea if I remember, but it died. Petunias were planted there and some other brightly colored annuals. Squinneys liked planting sunflowers there, so we let them come up. I put in a creeping phlox.

Then I was introduced to US natives. No more petunias and I yank any squinney plantings as those are not a native sunflower. The phlox was almost a goner, but discovered it is native to the region. I put in Columbine, probably a hybrid. I'll try to get the official native at some point.

Not thinking I put Maximilian Sunflower in this patch, but because of it's ability to spread, I dug it up to give to a friend. Guess what... Maximilian is still there. Smiling Ah, well. I also put Rough Blazingstar and Western Ironweed, mostly for their color, but they attract a mass of pollinators. And lastly, I planted Wild Geraniums in a couple of bare spots.

Why is this my favorite? I like the early blooms of the Phlox and Geraniums. As they fade, the Columbine flowers and with only a short lag time, the Blazingstars and Ironweed show their glory. And really, if I cannot ever get all the Maximilians out, I like the yellow. :)

The only weeding I have to do is early in the season, the massive growth snuffs out everything I don't want. I wish all my other native areas were this easy and this prolific.

If you notice the stripes on the windows and caution tape, that's for the birds. Smiling The tape prevents window strikes and we had nesting Barn Swallows on the porch and the caution tape was to discourage visitors from going to the front door.
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Aug 1, 2015 10:04 AM CST
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
It just dawned on me... I think I am blocking the sunrise... at least part of the year. Oh, that's punny. Hilarious!
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Aug 1, 2015 2:45 PM CST
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Kim, it looks like you are doing a wonderful job of cultivating the native flora and attracting pollinators at the same time. We need those pollinators desperately, no pollinators, no food.
Wildflowers and native plants are a lot of fun, they are passion!! Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Aug 1, 2015 5:54 PM CST
Name: Dennis
SW Michigan (Zone 5a)
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Kim, that is neat! You've got a spot there with quite a history and each plant, accidental or otherwise, has a bit of a story. And I'm sure it's fun to look at. A unique arrangement for sure!
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Aug 1, 2015 8:40 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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I love it Kim! Happy accidents and honestly I think that's the best way to garden. I think of gardening like cooking. You know you throw a pinch of this & a dash of that & screw the actual recipe you just go with what your gut says. I like what your gut said.
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
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