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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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