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Cathy, that is an excellent site.  I had to go through everything, step by
step, to get to their plant suggestions.  And then they just suggested
native plants and a couple of resources, though they did mention daylilies
and Baptisia.  "Many of the native plants that do well in rain gardens are
not available from traditional plant nurseries and retailers. One must
instead contact certified, inspected professional nurseries that specialize
in native species, such as the Michigan Native Plant Producers Association."
Of course, all native plants do not qualify as raingarden plants; they'd
have to be plants that can take extremes of both water and drought.  I
realize one would have to take soil type and pH, etc. into consideration as
well as wind & sun exposures (just as you would for any type of garden), but
do you know of any lists of native - or non-native - plants that can endure
the conditions of a raingarden?

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather


> Have you considered a rain garden? These are plantings specifically
> designed to deal with stormwater runoff. I have attended talks on them
> at a number of MG and native plant conferences. Take a look at this
> website:
> www.raingardens.org
> Cathy
> On Saturday, January 3, 2004, at 04:27 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:
>
> > I've talked it over with our neighbor and they are all for it, but we'd
> > share costs.  With our job situation and their job situation, there
> > just
> > aren't any funds right now.  If we are blessed in the future, you can
> > bet
> > that is one of the first things we do!  We even thought of putting a
> > small
> > bridge over the area so we can still visit in spring and fall without
> > sinking knee deep in mud or water.  We've had it re-graded three times
> > on
> > our dime already to "fix" the problem with absolutely no success.  If
> > the
> > road bed were not raised above our property level (which used to be
> > below
> > our grade,) the water would simply run off across the street and into
> > the
> > little creek behind the houses across the street.  The township
> > decided to
> > "fix" the grade when they put in sewers.  UGH!  Of such is life.
> >
> > Blessings,
> > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf
> > Of Bonnie Holmes
> > Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2004 7:37 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather
> >
> > I recall a lovely "dry stream" bed featured in a gardening magazine
> > (I'll
> > look it up if you're interested) to take care of flash flooding
> > between two
> > property lines.
> >
> > Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> [Original Message]
> >> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Date: 01/03/2004 10:03:00 AM
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather
> >>
> >> I guess that means more rain is on its way here, huh, Donna?  We've
> >> got
> >> flood warnings and our gutters haven't been able to keep up with the
> > deluge.
> >> There is a small "river" between property lines, the low areas are
> >> overflowing and even the walkway to the porch has 1/2 thick water
> >> pouring
> >> over it.  We haven't gotten to the point of a rain like the 100 years
> > flood
> >> levels for the area, but it can't be too far off with the ground
> >> already
> > at
> >> saturation.  And we will be in the Mid 60's today!  UGH!!!  It should
> >> be
> >> colder tomorrow, but not freezing until Monday.  We'll see.
> >>
> >> I'm not sure what water saturated earth will do to the dormant plants
> >> and
> >> those that have broken dormancy because of this warm spell.  Anybody
> >> out
> >> there know?
> >>
> >> Blessings,
> >> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf
> >> Of Donna
> >> Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2004 9:31 PM
> >> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather
> >>
> >> You take care of your self Judy.. the flu that is around here is a
> >> .....
> >>
> >> Currently raining here... a tad earlier it was pouring and I kept
> >> thinking it is gonna start thundering in a minute... glad it was rain
> >> and not snow... or I would be shoveling instead of typing...
> >>
> >> Donna
> >>
> >>> Happy New Year!
> >>> It snowed Monday & Tuesday & didn't all melt. Snowing again today so
> >> we
> >>> may
> >>> be having our 2 weeks with snow now. Winter blooming heathers were in
> >>> bloom
> >>> the week before Christmas, so I will look for them again as soon as
> >> the
> >>> white stuff melts. I've had a lovely week off. Supposed to work
> >>> today,
> >> but
> >>> have called in sick. Icky flu  or some such. So, I'm taking it easy,
> >>> watching the parade on HGTV. Also feeling guilty that someone else
> >>> has
> >> to
> >>> work for me. Stay healthy.
> >>> Judy B
> >>
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