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RE: Re: landscape

I've been having trouble finding Queen Ann's Lace in our neighborhood.  I
finally found some in an open lot across from Bill's office building and
trudge through waist high (and higher) weeds to get to them.  I'd like to
dig some up and put it in my garden, but I'd need to make certain of
ownership and ask permission.  They'll probably look at me like I'm crazy
for wanting a "weed." LOL!!!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of cathy carpenter
Sent: Sunday, June 27, 2004 6:57 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: landscape

I am very much in the "if you can't beat them, join them school of 
gardening. I have an opposite problem: a very wet area in my yard. 
Found that I had no idea how many plants there were who like 'wet feet' 
until I started looking. You can't go wrong looking for natives first. 
They have evolved to fit local conditions over millennia, as well as 
interface with the local wildlife. I think our attitude to our native 
plants is a classic example of "familiarity breeding contempt". Many of 
our North American natives, despised here as weeds, have been embraced 
as lovely additions to the garden in Europe, and even hybridized.

>   I think we should just probably plant what grows here without
> watering, like Joshua Trees, cactus, and such.  We have some pretty
> sunflowers coming up through the gravel in the driveway.  I told John 
> that
> we should collect the tops and spread the seeds all over the property.
> Can't fight 'em, join 'em! LOL!  It seems that if you want an 
> inexpensive,
> successful way of landscaping, just go native even if you want 
> something
> else.  To have that something else, you just gotta go live where it 
> thrives,
> huh? LOL!

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