A Little Project

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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    Thought I'd share this little project I'm doing in my "pond garden" area.

    This little half-circle garden has been one of my favorite parts of my pond area, other than the pond itself. I've decided to triple its size this year.
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    This new garden area will be about 10 or 11 feet long and 3 feet wide. I haven't started just yet, but if the weather cooperates, I might begin tomorrow. I was lucky enough that I found just enough bricks to complete this project without buying any more. The bricks were left over from my old 400 gallon pond.
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    Obviously, the most important thing to share is the selection of plants I intend to add. This list isn't final. I may remove or add a specie or two, but I'm fairly certain these will all be included.

    Prairie Smoke. - Definitely included. I hope to have at least 15 of these in a few years as I grow them from seed.
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    Orange Milkweed
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    Stout Blue-eyed Grass. - I already grow these everywhere around my pond, so I might as well add some to this new garden.
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    Prairie Coreopsis. - I just started growing this specie from seed this spring. I think this'll be a good location for it.
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    Long-headed Coneflower. - This plant doesn't seem to do well out in my native garden, so I'm going to move it to this new garden in hopes that it grows better in the future.
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    Purple Prairie Clover. - I have trouble growing this plant because the rabbits love it too much. I'll plant some seedlings here and see if they grow. If not, I give up with this specie.
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    Bush's Coneflower
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    Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Photo from Google). - I grew this plant as a gift to a relative and decided to grow a few for myself as well. I'll see how many pollinators it attracts when it eventually blooms, and that will decide whether I keep it or not.
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    I wonder if I should sow my wildflower seeds. Temperature here is about 9c in the morning and hovers about 7 to 9 this week at the lowest. I had one such beautiful coreopsis with brown spots near the centre. A lady came to view the house and asked me how I could bear leaving that behind. Memories ..
     
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    @alp my Dads gardeners sowed his wildflower seeds a fortnight ago. (y)

    Plans look good @JBtheExplorer and love your choice of planting, especially the Orange Milkweed......it'll be a wildlife buffet bar!:)(y)
     
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    Thank you, @Upsy Daisy ! Can't do anything without your help. I googled after the post. It says the temperature should be consistently above 10c. We are nearly there. As my plot is west facing, I will scatter them today as the rain will give them a good send off, like a good breakfast. ;)
     
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    I am saving seeds from this year’s wildflowers and will plant them by the new house when it is finished. I mark the bags with their proper names like “little yellow flowers by the barn”, “skinny blue flowers by the creek” and so on. You can tell I’m a very technical person. :confused:
     
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    I already grow it everywhere, so I'm actually more excited about the others! It'll definitely help to add color throughout summer. I'm excited to see the area in a couple years once things have established themselves. Ugh, I hate waiting!
     
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    I do that too!!!!!!:LOL:......so glad I'm not the only one(y)
    I've got pkts of seeds collected from my Dad's garden ....Little pink flowers near the waterfall ...Blue flowers next to greenhouse :D:ROFLMAO::D. Who needs all these proper names, Latin or otherwise :LOL::LOL:

    We've nailed it @Silentrunning .....we had better register our invention before someone nabs it as theirs...genius aren't we!!!
     
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    Me! ;)
    In fact, I have a few species that I don't know their exact variety and it drives me crazy!
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    I don't mind them, but why are they so difficult to pronounce and impossible to remember!
     
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    I've done as much as I can. There's a rabbit nest in the original section, so I don't want to work on that until they're out of the nest.
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    Made a few changes, plant-wise. I'll be trying Meadow Blazing Star in this garden. I've had bad luck with it rotting out in the native garden, so maybe this warmer, drier area will keep it going. I'll probably also be moving my only Yellow Star Grass to this garden, since it's so small and easy gets overgrown out in my native garden.
     
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    I'm actually shocked at how good I am at remembering those names. I haven't used the name Hypoxis hirsuta in a long time and somehow I remembered it about five minutes ago.
     
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    The bunnies are out of the nest, so I spent today finishing my new garden addition. All I have left to do is add plants. I made this garden area 12 feet long by 3 feet wide. The soil is just slightly raised and only a thin layer of natural mulch is used. Much of the soil will be left bare for ground-nesting bees like Sweat Bees.

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    Also got to see one of the bunnies today, though I've been seeing evidence of it for a few days.
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    tôi thích bạn
     
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