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Old 05-26-2008, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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Great pictures!

There is info on the wildflower program here: NCDOT Wildflower Program
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: SW Durham, NC
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Didn't know that... and that does make me enjoy those flowers a bit more now...
I resisted for years getting a personalized plate because of the xtra cost. Now when I see the flowers it feels good knowing I help pay for them and and enjoy them even more (and I like my personalized plate that's so easy to remember!)!
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Old 05-26-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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Everyone who sees and enjoys the wildflowers should pause a moment and thank LadyBird Johnson.

As First Lady, she took on the campaign to beautify the nation's highway system, with an emphasis on eliminating billboards and sowing the native wildflowers of each region. When NCDOT mows the flowers in the late summer, they'll reseed for the next year. As will the wildflowers in KS, TX, OR, MA, IL, ...

If you are ever in Austin, be sure to visit the LadyBird Johnson Wildflower Research Center. It is a feast for the eyes and the soul.

Thank you, Mrs. Johnson!
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:16 PM
 
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I am an interstate truck driver. The road side flowers in nc are the best. Every summer I tell myself that I want to get some of the seed and beautify a miserable hill behind my house. So...here I am. How can I get get some of the seed that nc dot uses? Any one?

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Old 05-24-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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wildflower mixes vary by location. what grows well here might not grow where you are from. But your local Home Depot should carry a wildflower seed mix good for your area. Or you can contact your County Extension Agent in your county. Department of Agriculture.
many of the best wildflowers are actually biennials which means they don't bloom till the second year and only for one season but most reseed readily. good luck.
BTW it's not as easy as just throwing a handful of seed on the ground. There are some wonderful book on how to grow wildflowers all over the country.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:10 PM
 
Location: West Raleigh
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I am an interstate truck driver. The road side flowers in nc are the best. Every summer I tell myself that I want to get some of the seed and beautify a miserable hill behind my house. So...here I am. How can I get get some of the seed that nc dot uses? Any one?
The link posted previously in this thread goes to the NC Wildflower program, which in addition to talking about the funding, can tell you what kind of flowers are where. So if you see some you like and remember where you were, you can go to the site and then tell a garden store what you're looking for.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:27 PM
 
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I always chuckle and wonder to myself if these roadside flower programs are sponsored by auto body repair shops? Nothing is as reassuring as driving 70mph down I-40 and seeing several deer standing just feet off the highway eating flowers!
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:14 PM
 
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I always chuckle and wonder to myself if these roadside flower programs are sponsored by auto body repair shops? Nothing is as reassuring as driving 70mph down I-40 and seeing several deer standing just feet off the highway eating flowers!
The deer are going to be there even if there are just weeds.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Under the Carolina Blue Sky
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We were going to the Farmers' Market for fresh strawberries today, and I stopped at the Lake Wheeler Road exit ramp off I-40 to shoot these.
Mike,

Thanks for posting these. They are so beautiful. I enjoyed them so much my first year here. They seem even more stunning this year!

Aren't the strawberries great too?!
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