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Robin - was that photo of Blueberries taken in your yard? The bushes were so impressively laden with fruit! Do you remember which variety of Blueberry that plant is? Do you feed it anything, and if so, what, and when?
Pollenless and sterile plants provide no nutrition at all for pollinators !
One relatively well-behaved Goldenrod species is Sweet Goldenrod, Solidago odora. It likes to grow in sunny, dry, gravelly areas. And the leaves and flowers make a tasty, licorice-flavored tea. It is also easy to grow from seed.
Yes the Carex idea garden is still present at garden in the woods. They also have the Wild Strawberry ground cover too
You sure you don’t want to grow Solidago graminifolia Russ? :P
How important is soil? How many hours of sun is necessary?
in your brush piles, how do you avoid takeover by brambles and bittersweet?
How do you manage your water feature? Do you need to change the water? Do you have mosquito larvae?
I don't know Solidago graminifolia..
What sources do you like for native plants? Can I just buy echinacea, goldenrod, rudbecki
from local nurseries?
thoughts about plants in the Rubus (brambles) or the Prunus genus (cherries, plums)?
Can you talk a little about when you "clean up"/cut back your garden. Early spring?
what broadleaf evergreens do you recommend?
Native species to use as a living fence....needs to be not bird friendly.
@Russ Grass-leaved goldenrod (S. graminifolia) is nearly as weedy as S. canadensis. I often see it growing in moist meadows that are left to grow and get weedy. The flowers and stalk are very unique and less recognizable as a goldenrod.
Currently my living fence is unfortunately buckthorn.
Thanks Bryn and Robin. I am newly inspried
Joel: Here's a suggestion for a less-thuggish Rubus species native to this area: Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus) - likes damp, slope-y areas with dappled sunlight. Gorgeous large maple-like leaves, showy magenta flowers, edible fruit, and no thorns.
Has to not be bird friendly !
Rubus odoratus is fun
in addition to white and red oak, what are native oaks?
In can be cultivated in full sun as well but needs a lot of moisture in that environment
Swamp White Oak, Q. bicolor
P:in Oak, Q. palustris is another one
What plants work particularly well at forest's edge?
Red Twig Dogwood?
Native species to use as a living fence....needs to be NOT bird friendly.
Kathleen P Nichols
Where to purchase Black Cherry?
how to deal with rabbits...last winter they ate my blueberry plant
Need to keep peafowl contained and away from my neighbors
Bird friendly will just encourage them to go towards the fence....don't birds eat rose hips
FYI: Deer generally avoid browsing on plants that have strong scents or flavors.Examples include:Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago odora) – leaves and flowers give off an anise/licorice smell when crushedSweet Cicely (Osmorhiza longistylis) – dittoWild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) – the crushed leaves of this wild mint species smell like oreganoMountain Mint (Pycnanthemum spp.) – the crushed leaves/flowers of these wild mint species smell like peppermintBayberry (Morella pensylvanica) - the crushed leaves of this species smell like bay leavesSweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina) – the crushed leaves of this Bayberry relative also give off an aromatic smellWintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) - the crushed leaves of this species smells/tastes like wintergreenBlack (aka Sweet) Birch (Betula lenta) – the inner bark of this species smells/tastes like wintergreen (i.e., when the outer bark is scraped off the twigs to expose
Ruth Ann Hendrickson
is black raspberry a good plant
One nice thing about Black Raspberries is their off-season purple color of the canes
Would be interested in: edibility/usefulness of plants in the garden