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Here's some photos of my native plants... First, a few around my pond.

Bee on Prairie Smoke.
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Signs of smoke.
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Yesterday, my final Marsh Marigold bloomed.
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Today, Yellow Star Grass started to bloom.
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Out in the native garden, only woodland species are blooming.


Wild Geranium
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Common Blue Violet
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Wild Ginger
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My Prairie Smoke looks to be just about done blooming now.
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Wild Geranium continues.
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Eastern Red Columbine has just begun!
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Went to the local Wild Ones native plant sale today and got five new plants.
Limited myself to five, but easily could've taken one of everything!

Cardinal Flower, Wine Cups, False Rue Anemone, Hoary Vervain, Side Oats Grama
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The Purple Poppy Mallow I picked up at the plant sale at the beginning of June is starting to bloom today!
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Love love love the poppy mallow! At this time of year I love anything that's blooming that isn't YELLOW!
 

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Love love love the poppy mallow! At this time of year I love anything that's blooming that isn't YELLOW!
Meanwhile, I'm begging for yellow. Bush's Coneflower has been nice to see, but I expected to have a fantastic black-eyed susan bloomfest, but nearly all of them are diseased with what I'm sure is Aster Yellows. I'll have to rip them all out and try them again in the future.
 
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My black eyed susan's didn't come back this year either - probably the same. I have so much yellow though - stella d'oro day lilies did fantastic this year and coreopsis is out of control and my sedum mostly blooms yellow... I'm longing for some cool blues and pinks and reds!
 

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and coreopsis is out of control!
Coreopsis is another issue for me, but in a different way. Rabbits completely took care of my coreopsis lanceolata buds this year. I have about two flowers total. My Common Milkweed and oldest Swamp Milkweeds look sick. A section of Wild Bergmont looked sick and then suddenly got knocked down, guessing rabbits chewed the base of them. Nervous that my Purple Coneflowers will get Aster Yellows. Not the best year in my native garden, but it's still active with life, and that's what matters most. Now I just need to figure out which plants do the best and focus on expanding their populations and replacing the ones that don't.
 

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Although it's not native, I picked up a packet of dill seeds this year in hopes of attracting Black Swallowtail butterflies. Hoping to see some caterpillars. This will be going in what was originally intended to be a vegetable garden but has now become a random garden that includes vegetables, fruits, native plants, and weeds.

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They are also attracted to parsley. I still have 5 black swallowtail chrysalis from last year in my shed. Hoping to move them to a greenhouse in the next week and see if they hatch.
 
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I planted more from seed this year but my plants from last year are still green and really starting to grow. Some has bloomed in the last couple of years so I always have a nice crop of parsley in the yard under the deck.
 

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3rd black swallowtail from last year hatched out today. Hoping to release it this afternoon. I saw on the news this morning that the monarch butterflies could get out on endangered species list.
 
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I saw on the news this morning that the monarch butterflies could get out on endangered species list.
Sadly, the biggest issue with Monarchs is habitat loss, and that's not something that will be fixed if they're put on the endangered species list. Actually, its unlikely that anything will be done to actually help them if they end up on the list. One thing that will change is that they'll be "protected", which means it'll become illegal to collect eggs and caterpillars to raise. Some individuals and nature centers raise dozens, even hundreds of them each year, and most of them would not have made it to adulthood if they were not collected and sheltered from predators, so putting them on the list may have some negative impacts.

We need habitat. Our cities and states need to invest in it. It can be done, and it's significantly less expensive to do now than it will be in another decade or two. It's hard to get everyone on board because so many people see no value in restoring our planet's habitats. :(

Luckily, our gardens can help... to an extent. They won't replace vast prairies, but they can be a good refueling spot for exhausted Monarchs, and a place for them to lay their eggs.
 

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