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Re: Baptisa now cut flowers

I LOVE my raised beds. Our acreage is mostly heavy clay. 100 years of mega 
farming has eroded the topsoil into highway ditches on one side of us and the 
Embarrass riverbed on the other.When we dug our pond the bottom was actually 
blue in color. So drainage is the main issue.Also if I cover the annual beds with 
black plastic they warm up much faster in the spring. I have 4 of the beds 
devoted to perennials..peonies, iris, yarrow, salvias, the tall sedums('Purple 
Emperor' is my new fav), phlox, helenium, rudbeckia, daisies, heliopsis, 
dianthus, all the various types of lilies('tho I am usually fighting the rabbits for 
these)liatris, veronicas, and others I can't think of right now. The other 3 
rotate various annuals including some veggies for us. Always have 
zinnia,snaps, dahlias, glads. The field gives me wonderful things this time of 
year...ironweed, switch grass, goldenrod, Q.A. lace, etc. The viburnum right now has 
gorgeous red berries. Spring flowering shrubs planted around the house are 
invaluable, too. Mock orange is a favorite. And of course pussy willow. Could be more 
than you really wanted to know about cut flowers!! Kathyz5

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