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Wendy Peckham

celestina89: My problem arose from my innate disorganization and from splitting my time and attention between nurturing market plants and attending to my own garden. Now I'm attending to my garden. We'll see if it makes any difference.

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@Wendy Peckham: I don't think your post was too long, but there was a lot of white space so that may have caused your difficulty.

I am aware of Hudson and his stance as well as his catalogue for his garden biz. I just don't agree with his sentiments. I can agree with natural adaption of flora to an area, but not as a philosophy to encourage dissemination as the main method of preservation.

Reason is that it changes the ecological system. Many bee, bird, insects and animals depend on native plants. Their systems do not adjust as quickly as plants can adjust to cross propagation and importation.

Many areas are now lacking milkweed for the monarch and the result is a decrease in the species. Why? Because people find flowers they like better than milkweeds that the monarch requires. And the list goes on. Pollination by native bees have decreased tremendously because the nectar they collect is no longer available locally or perhaps not as useful to the particular species. So, bee keepers have a good business to "rent" their hives to farmers so their crops can be pollinated and you can buy the results in your local farmer's market or grocery store. Instead with the lack of local bee population, grocers are forced to buy products elsewhere. But then the consumer pays the price.

There is a compromise, and many are now learning to at least try to "go native" with 50% or more of their flora including trees, shrubs, vines as well as flowers. In my area, several townships and towns are encouraging home owners to buy "native". It not only affects the bees, birds, butterflies and mammals/animals, but it changes the ecosystem enough for folks to readily notice a decrease in several species.

California buckeye has caused losses of honey bees. Humans can be poisoned by eating honey made from Carolina jessamine made by bees in Georgia and Mississippi because native plants were not readily available to the local native bees, so the bees used what ever sources were available. And yes, bees also can become paralyzed and die from the plant.

Not all plants that are toxic to bees are toxic to humans and visa versa. Best to not only know the difference but to plant plenty of native species.

When looking for native plants, search not only your state, but your particular ecosystem within the state. Just because a plant is native to your state, it doesn't mean it's native to your ecosystem. Many plants become adapted to nearby areas and people call them native because they survive. It takes some digging and reading to understand the difference.

And this is one native to the Big Thicket of East Pineywoods of Texas that I'm working to help recover. Yes, it's endangered species of Long leaf pine one of my favorites. The longleaf plays host to native pollinators, squirrels, songbirds and even rare/endangered species such as the red cockaded woodpecker and American chaffseed. Without that species, they would disappear. The longleaf is also host to many understory plants which supports a diverse wildlife habitat which in turn provide humans with free entertainment. :)

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dogmom2many : I just now saw a question (s) you asked! I'm sorry! Yes, there is rock rose in the photo and the last one is a mint marigold (an herb sometimes substituted for French tarragon).


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