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Old 08-02-2015, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I always wanted a wildflower meadow and this year we did it. The sunny strip between our house and the woods. had it rototilled only 3-4 inches in serpentine shape and spread Deer Resistant mix from American Wildflower.
First picture is marking out the shape I wanted.


Interim shot

This week


from our dining room window

Lots of butterflies

Bouquet made up mostly of flowers from the Wildflower Meadow


some salvia, crocosmia, butterfly bush and purple fountain grass mixed in with zinnias from wildflower meadow.

All in all I'm very pleased and can't wait to see what happens next year when the biennials and perennials come up.
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Wow! Nice!
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Old 08-03-2015, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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NK, I love the wildflowers!! I have a very large back yard (probably 60% of a 1.29-acre lot) -- I have basically done nothing with it, have been concentrating on the front (as you know!). The back yard is basically a perfect Southern exposure so gets a LOT of sun. Do you think I could do wildflowers out there? Seems like they would make a really nice perimeter!
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Old 08-03-2015, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Sounds like the perfect place. Here is video from the folks who sold the seed mix. The only thing a lot fo folks don't like is that you really shouldn't mow it- you have to let it go to seed so you will get more each successive year. They make mixes for every region, sun situation and deer resistant ones too.. You have said you have deer in the back so I would start with this mix. Fall sowing is possible too.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjgVeHxYzD0
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Old 08-16-2015, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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The garden is not done yet. We're still getting peppers, tomatoes, beans, and a squash now and then. It has been a very good year...we are thankful.

The collage would make a good puzzle....
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Cape Elizabeth
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No Kudzu, I really enjoyed seeing this meadow. When I was at the nursery the other day, I asked if zinnia's would be perennials in my zone, (5b) and unfortunately they are annuals. I am getting a little down because I am running out of room in my current beds. Although, I went to an amazing botanical gardens (Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens) and went out and bought some sea holly and some hyperion day lilies. Then, I saw some beautiful red cone flowers (salsa) and some "hot papaya" cone flowers, so I bought 6! I am finding a space here and there, but I know these beds are getting maxed out. On the other hand, gardening tasks are always there, so even if I can't plant much, there is always stuff to do. It has been 90 or close to it these past 2 days, - I don't know how you can take it in NC. I was barely just able to water my pots and had to go back inside.
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Old 08-17-2015, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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yes it was 93 today but really this summer we haven't gotten any 100s like we usually do.
I don't think zinnias are perennials anywhere. if you let them go to seed then you will continually have new flowers every year so that means no deadheading and sadly, I will have to stop cutting daily bouquets to bring inside so there will be many to go to seed for next year. The cardinalis are showing up more and more. Beautiful in the garden but not such good cut flowers.

Beautiful cherry tomatoes on the vine and even though much is slowing down I still have a half decent show.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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Beautiful! You live in such a great area for gardening with not only the selection of garden shops, but having Duke Gardens, the JC Raulston Arboretum, among other gardens. I get up there a few times a year and gardens and plant shopping are the highlights of any trip!!!

Love the iris! I've started "collecting" them too.
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Old 08-18-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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You need to add Tony Avent's open houses to your list as well. A true Delight.

Plant Delights Nursery | An Online Nursery that is the best place to buy new plants online for your garden
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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some of my cherry tomatoes





From the half price bin at Lowes- Star Gazers



Blackberry Lily. I'll scatter some seed in the wildflower meadow.

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