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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jul 16, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Just found your pics. Fabulous! You take great photos. I have never seen frogfruit so close up...and I have it growing in my garden.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Jul 17, 2011 6:08 AM CST
I like the tings you find on your nature walks, very nice. Wildflowers are getting harder and harder to find around here.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 8:43 AM CST

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Horntoad, we have a group here that contacts developers before they bulldoze an area for construction, and asks for permission to collect the native plants. They then send out a message to MGs and other native plant enthusiasts to meet at the site on a Sat. morning or two to dig up the plants. I used to post it on DG a long time ago to let everyone in the area know. It's a win/win situation for the developers who like the goodwill publicity, and the collectors who are able to save some species that are disappearing.

I hope you take another walk and share more great photos with us. 'Like eye candy....
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 17, 2011 12:44 PM CST
Great idea! I wonder whether it would work with developers here?
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 17, 2011 2:17 PM CST
To do it legally and by the book, a signed paper is necessary. I think it's signed by the legal owner. Sometimes easy to get, sometimes hard to get, sometimes impossible, from what I hear. Many times developers don't want to deal with it at all. The Native Plant Society of Texas chapters do it sometimes, also Master Naturalists, as well as other organizations.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 2:25 PM CST

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Well the easiest thing to do would be to ask..... I'll try to find one of the postings i made about a "dig."
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jul 17, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Thanks Anna if you only knew how many pics I take just to get a few fairly good ones.
Josephine, wildflowers are few and far between here also. I was finding so many interesting plants last year. I'll have to post some of those later.
Sandi, I will may go out again this week and see what I can find. I was going out every week are two last year but it has been so disappointing this year with the drought I didn't like wasting time or gas.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 5:45 PM CST

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I hope you'll be able to get out soon. I understand about the drought...but it's the heat that keeps me from going out anymore in the summer. i used to go with my daughter and photograph the tiniest of blooms up at the lake. We have sooo many photos, and not a clue as to what they are. It was fun and a good bonding experience, with both of us learning to use our new cameras. I haven't look for those pics in a long time. I'll have to see if I can find 'em this winter.....
Please post the photos if you go out.
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Jul 17, 2011 7:39 PM CST
Here are a few pics from my last outing about a month ago.
Balloon Vine - Cardiospermum halicacabum
An introduced plant on Texas noxious weed list.

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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jul 17, 2011 7:42 PM CST
Asclipias viridis, Texas native.

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Unopened seed pods.

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jul 17, 2011 7:45 PM CST

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Wetland plants?
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 13, 2011 7:06 PM CST

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Okay, time for you to take another walk! Those of us who have no flowers to look at because of the drought, need to see some pretty blooms. Can you help us out???
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 13, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Went for a walk to the canal near my house about 3 weeks ago found no flowers but I did get this little woodpecker in my front yard.

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This this at the canal.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 13, 2011 8:28 PM CST

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Great pics! Love the woodpecker. Did you get anymore rain?
Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 13, 2011 8:51 PM CST
It's like they say feast or famine. No rain all summer then about 14 days of rain out 21 days and 7 or 8 of those were good long rains. Now it has been about 2 weeks with nothing. It rained long enough to make the weeds grow and bring the mosquitoes back, then it quit.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 13, 2011 9:12 PM CST

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We're hoping for a little sprinkle tomorrow. Radar shows a few showers popping up around us. We were just in NYC and it rained all day Tuesday. We just walked in it and smiled. Felt really good!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 14, 2011 5:24 PM CST
These were taken about 2 weeks ago.
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A variety of Water Primerose


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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 14, 2011 7:52 PM CST

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Forgot how much I enjoyed the mushrooms popping up here last year. None this year, too dry. Our natives are flailing as are the perennials. i think everything needs water. I have begun to move gingers to different area where they'll get water from the runoff of our neighbors' sprinklers!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 14, 2011 8:25 PM CST
These did come up about the time when we were getting rain. Saw a large fairy circle in someones yard while going to work but did not have my camera.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 14, 2011 9:07 PM CST

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I hope you get a photo a circle one of these days! I don't think I've seen one except as an Internet pic.
We were at the lake yesterday. I had good intentions of looking for wildflowers, but it was way too hot to be outside. We had gone up for a neighbor's birthday. I thought I'd go out before the party to look around. Didn't happen. Maybe when it gets a little cooler.
Love your photos!

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