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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
May 12, 2018 10:30 AM CST
Here is a link to an easy way to create a wildflower field:
The thread "Creating a Wildflower Field -- Tell us how you sowed yours" in Wildflowers forum
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joannakat
May 30, 2018 4:51 PM CST
I can't believe I didn't reply to this when I first saw it--I think I did in the Wildflowers forum.

Excellent post and I'm really impressed with the way in which you used the mounds of dirt from the....what was it, moles? And the progression of pictures is absolutely beautiful.

I don't understand why the grassy areas alongside highways aren't planted with wildflowers. Out this way, we have grass and it has to be cut and maintained throughout every season but winter. It does no good for anyone or anything. Wouldn't it be great if they would plant wildflowers instead?
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 30, 2018 8:00 PM CST
I think you replied there Joanna.

Here, they do seed the easements with wildflowers. When we lived in South FL the easements had no wildflowers but on our drive up here I think it began around the Daytona area & the easements & medians had wildflowers growing in them. This county has seeded all the county easements it seems like and all the state highways are seeded as well.
I took some photos up here.

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joannakat
May 30, 2018 8:51 PM CST
That is absolutely beautiful and exactly how it should be. They reseed themselves or just come back. Low maintenance, support pollinators, and sustainable. Thumbs up and Lovey dubby
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
May 31, 2018 5:51 AM CST
And saves money too!! Less mowing needed AND an added benefit of very little trash being thrown out of car windows when the wildflowers are blooming. It's a win, win, win!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 2, 2018 9:28 PM CST
I do love your developing wildflower field. It is ingenious and very beautiful. Lovey dubby

Texas hasn't mastered the wildflower roadsides yet. Ladybird Johnson started it with plantings and seed sowing but the state is obliged to mow before the blooms can reseed. Mowing year after year has decimated the wildflowers.

There are a few folks that have petitioned the state to set up designated 'no mow' areas where they will plant wildflowers but not as pretty as the en masse wildflowers in your photos. Thumbs up

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joannakat
Jun 2, 2018 9:39 PM CST
@pod, is the mowing done to prevent fires, or???? I'm so pro-reseeding that I can't imagine any reason to mow!
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 3, 2018 5:23 AM CST
I honestly don't know what their logic is. It is mowed once in late spring/early summer and once again in late fall. Shrug!
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Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Jun 3, 2018 6:50 AM CST
Ann I have my seeds ordered Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

DH says one reason they mow is to keep the wildlife that might be hidden in it away from the roadways for less accidents. As a semi driver he appreciates mowing the roadsides for that reason. I personally like the wildflowers nodding
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 3, 2018 7:37 AM CST
Thank you very much Kristi! What a shame that What Ladybird began is being destroyed by mismanagement. It makes my heart sick! Maybe people can "educate" those in charge???? Here, the county has rules about the mowing. You can read about it here:
http://www.columbiacountyfla.c...
Even though that states this:
"There are five mowing cycles in a year (each lasting forty-eight days) beginning April 1st and ending November 30th."
They MUST consider the caveat of this:
"Contractors are prohibited from mowing phlox (wild flowers) during their blooming season."
Since the phlox are blooming during April, then they MUST not mow until they are finished blooming. Phlox go to seed so quickly that there are plenty of seeds re-sown from the first blooms that opened. Also the tickseed & others have self sown by that time as well. I have seen where the contractors mow around the wildflowers. The county is very strict about enforcing this.
The weird part is that there are some places where the actual county mowers do the mowing -- it is notcontracted out. In this case, the county is exempt from following the "wildflower no mow" rule. I don't know why! Confused For instance, the easement on my road out front..... the first 2 years we lived in this house, the easement mowing was done by contractors & they mowed around the wildflowers but thereafter, the county parks mowers have been doing the mowing & they mow everything in their path. It makes me so mad to see them plow right through gorgeous phlox! I figure one day, as with everything, change will come & they'll turn it back over to contractors & they will leave the flowers alone again. Crossing Fingers!

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Ginny!!!!!!
As to the wildlife getting out in the road...... armadillos aren't native here anyway. Whistling Whistling Hilarious!

A nation mourns its fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And Junior? Well, Junior spies their solemn white graves from the back of his limousine, and he grieves for the inconveniences he overcame for his silver spoons. Quoth the Craven “Nevermore.” ~Walter Shaub~
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joannakat
Jun 3, 2018 8:00 AM CST
It might have something to do with people thinking that plants that don't have flowers are weeds, or are ugly. They don't understand that they're very busy getting ready for the next season!
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Alaskalady
Mar 17, 2019 12:09 PM CST
A lot of "weeds" are great medicinal plants. It isa shame to mow them.

There is a wildflower seed company that makes native seed mixes for specific areas. I am sorry I do not remember the name.

Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Mar 17, 2019 6:58 PM CST
Eden has the native seeds for your region.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Mar 17, 2019 7:50 PM CST
Lots of flower seed companies have regional mixes. I like getting the seeds separate though b/c I pick the ones that actually do best on my property.
A nation mourns its fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And Junior? Well, Junior spies their solemn white graves from the back of his limousine, and he grieves for the inconveniences he overcame for his silver spoons. Quoth the Craven “Nevermore.” ~Walter Shaub~
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Magiccraftcl
Mar 25, 2019 9:12 AM CST
Hi all.. bought a box of wildflower and hummingbird mix Hurray! from local dollar tree. I saw some you tube videos where these cheaper packet do grow so I figured what the heck. It will be interesting to see what if anything grows. Just waiting for some warmth!
Name: Ginny G
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Legalily
Mar 25, 2019 11:46 AM CST
Looking forward to seeing the results!
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joannakat
Mar 25, 2019 1:44 PM CST
Legalily said:Looking forward to seeing the results!


Me too! nodding

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