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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Apr 13, 2017 10:01 AM CST

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 13, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Thanks, Dave. I'm hoping enough folks with be interested to keep this active. Time will tell.
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Name: Kurt
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krobra
Apr 13, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I'm sure if you expanded it to include native plants as well as native habitats in the title or description it would have plenty of interest.
I was just thinking it would be nice to have a native plant forum the other night. I doubt I would ever consider my yard or garden a native habitat but have certainly picked up an interest in native plants lately.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 30, 2017 3:00 PM CST
Kurt, the precise title is not that important. Please feel welcome to join in the discussions and/or start some of your own. I, for one, feel that anything we each can do to encourage native plants, insects, and wildlife to our personal domain is a step forward.
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Jasmin
May 6, 2017 2:08 PM CST
Deb, thank you.

Although I have an urban garden, close to the downtown, I feel I can still do a lot for wildlife. I am not by any means a "purist" who plants only native plants. I mix exotics and natives. I am into three peonies, but I have many native plants. My main ground-cover plants are native violets. Although some people consider them weeds, I love them. What is not to love? They have beautiful healthy hart-shaped leaves, they bloom, they are edible, they suppress weeds, but their roots are shallow, so they let plants with deeper roots grow. Furthermore, they can grow both in the sun and deep shade, so they can really unify the garden and bring everything together. Native fritillaries are beautiful butterflies that lay eggs on violets, and their larvae feed on violets. When I let violets spread in my garden, I noticed some beautiful orange butterflies flying around. Much later, just by accident, I found that those were fritillaries. It's amazing how they manage to find a little patch of violets. It is also amazing how little they need. Here is one pic, one of my favorite tree peonies among native violets.



I would love tho learn what other people do to encourage wildlife and how you encourage native plants.


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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
May 6, 2017 5:53 PM CST
I love Violets too and have many of them for the butterflies and for myself. Smiling
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Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
May 6, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Do you know violets? Could you identify them? There are about three types growing in my garden, and I brought two more types. I cannot get a yellow one.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 7, 2017 8:14 AM CST
I am all over the place on gardening. I started with pretty flowers, went gung-ho on vegetables while our boys were young, repurposed that space to herbs, and most recently have become enamored with natives and am slowly introducing those to my garden beds as space permits. So, really a mixed bag for me. We also used to have livestock and now don't, so I have fields and woods to enjoy - it's been interesting to see what pops up with no cows chomping it. Change is good.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
May 7, 2017 8:58 AM CST
I do have a lot of violets, mainly viola sororia and viola missoiriensis they volunteer and I enjoy them, but I am not an expert. Smiling
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Bonehead
May 7, 2017 9:47 AM CST
I introduced viola odorata to my gardens years ago, which has colonized here and there where it likes and I find it to be a very jolly plant. I can't, unfortunately, detect any fragrance.
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 6, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Jasmin said:Do you know violets? Could you identify them? There are about three types growing in my garden, and I brought two more types. I cannot get a yellow one.


Jasmin, why don't you post photos of the three types you have and we can try to ID them?or you can look into the plants database here. Fritillary butterflies use them in my gardens. Here's a pic of one of the caterpillars I found and an adult BF:

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"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Jul 6, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Beautiful Butterfly Cheryl, one of my most favorites. Smiling
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Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
Jul 7, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Cheryl, I'll post a couple of pics when I get home later today. Thank You!
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Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
Jul 8, 2017 11:04 AM CST
Cheryl, here are three types of my violets.

Blue Viola sororia and Viola cucullata (I think)
Thumb of 2017-07-08/Jasmin/5c04bd

Viola sororia "Freckles"
Thumb of 2017-07-08/Jasmin/b229e1

I also brought Viola labradorica and some Viola pedata, but I didn't take pictures this year.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 9, 2017 3:30 PM CST
Jasmin said:Cheryl, here are three types of my violets.

Blue Viola sororia and Viola cucullata (I think)
Thumb of 2017-07-08/Jasmin/5c04bd

Viola sororia "Freckles"
Thumb of 2017-07-08/Jasmin/b229e1

I also brought Viola labradorica and some Viola pedata, but I didn't take pictures this year.
Wonderful Jasmin! do you get any frits in your garden from them? Oh, and I see you have already identified them by now. I have the Labrador as well as the common type.


"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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