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Thought of you when I was reading this article this morning @JBtheExplorer . We've visited the Shedd countless times and I had no idea these gardens were even a thing!

 
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Wow, what a legacy she's leaving behind !

Today we cut back some honey suckle and planted some goldenrod on a hillside to reduce erosion and attract pollinators. Hubby used rocks to create litter cubbies in the hillside and to plant the goldenrod in. Turned out really well :)
 

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We planted golden rod years ago, have it growing here and there and everywhere. I don't see a ton of bees on it, but you can smell it when they bring it into the hives. Some say dirty sock smell, I smell butterscotch.
 
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Anybody growing Mexican Flame vine? Got 2 and have been taking cuttings. Similar flower to Mexican Sunflower
 

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Anybody growing Mexican Flame vine? Got 2 and have been taking cuttings. Similar flower to Mexican Sunflower
I wish it were native and hardy. I remember seeing photos of that plant years ago. Beautiful vine!
 
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Funny, I feel the same about non-native plants.
Not all native plants are drought tolerant. Native doesn't mean drought tolerant. There are many native wetland plants, many native plants that will die quickly in dry soil.

I'd personally take my highly interesting Wild Columbine over non-native plants like Hostas or Coral Bells any day.
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I also prefer the columbine. I can keep them alive, but not hostas or coral bells without heavily amending and constant watering. I soak water every few days and the columbines and asters and butterfly weeds tolerate it
 
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I have a couple of native coral honeysuckles I have never seen a bloom on, and I took those root cuttings myself, from a blooming coral honeysuckle. (with the owner's permission) If you have any tips, I'd be happy to hear them
 
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Here's my native plant seedlings. Royal Catchfly and Hairy Beardtongue are the biggest priorities, along with a few species of grasses. Not growing as big of a variety as I normally do, but I feel like I've got the same quantity as usual.

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Last year, or maybe two years ago, I realized there was a red twig dogwood growing along my driveway. I collected six cuttings a few weeks ago and today I noticed roots beginning to form on half of them.

I have no idea where I'm going to plant them yet, but I bet I can find a place for them!
 
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Neat find and always room for a new something somewhere in our gardens!
 

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I started this project last spring. There's an area along my driveway that is shaded by a line of maple trees. It's been loaded with weeds for as long as I've lived here. I pulled a ton of weeds and non-native shrubs last year. This year, I was impressed by how few weeds came back. There was quite a few, but maybe only half of the year before. I pulled most of them today.

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I added a dozen or so plants last year as well, and they're all coming back. Mostly Wild Geranium, Eastern Red Columbine, and a few ferns. I also added non-native Bleeding Heart that I got from my grandma. This year I'll be adding Hairy Beardtongue seedlings and more geranium/columbine seedlings.
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I think the area is starting to took pretty good, though I'm pretty worried about the invasive creeping bellflower my neighbors have just on the other side of the trees. It's been creeping onto my side for the past few years. I pull it when I see it, but it may be a bigger problem in the future.
 
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I continued working on the area today. There was a thick line of grasses and weeds where the dirt meets the driveway. I removed it all, and found about three more inches of driveway. :LOL:

The area is now essentially weed-free. I also planted maybe a dozen seedlings. Not much else for me to do now but wait. I'll water occasionally so the young plants can become established.
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At least a half dozen of my Wild Geraniums have opened their first flower of the year today.
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Fern-leaf Bleeding heart also started blooming. Native on the west coast, but I had to have it.
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The fun keeps going. Found my first Blue-eyed Grass flower of the year! I must have at least 150 clumps and somehow found the first flower.
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My columbine looks great today, too!
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