by Marilyn Chryst, St. Louis Chapter President
We again co-sponsored a Landscape Challenge Contest with Grow Native and Shaw Nature Reserve. For our part we publicized, helped judge, and planted the winning yard.
We had a booth at St. Louis County Library’s Eco-Festival in April, a celebration of Earth Day.
Welcome to the resurrection of the St Louis Wild Ones Newsletter. The purpose of this publication is to exchange ideas and share experiences among the members. I have volunteered to edit it, but you need to write it. Send your articles and ideas to me through the contact form.
Tell us about your experiments, experiences and expectations. What is your favorite wildflower? What was your most challenging plant? Where and when are there beautiful wild flowers displays in our parks? What animals (such as the legendary white skunk) have visited your plants or reproduced in your garden habitat? Why did you start growing wildflowers? What do your neighbors think about your unruly patch? Describe your experiences at meetings, plant sales and on trips to other areas. Review a book. Write a poem.
By Larry Hummel
Winter is a good time to catch up on a number of projects around the yard and complete the usual chores that the dormant winter plants allow.
Trees and understory shrubs. These plants range from 30 foot oaks to the slow growing deciduous hollies that are 5 to 7 feet tall. Starting in December we usually start to trim the scores of trees we have planted over the last 15 years. The principal ones are white, swamp white and bur oaks, spice bush, service berry, button bush, Kentucky coffee, bald cypress, flowering dogwood, arrow wood and deciduous holly. We work our way through the yard cutting errant limbs and the lower branches. The branches are added to the brush piles through out the property.
By Terri Brandt
I enjoy the eye-catching beauty of wildflowers growing along roadsides, trails, and streambanks. Nature provides all the color of the rainbow to my favorite country roads, hiking trails, and walks near home. But on closer observation, it is not simply the beauty of these plants that interests me. Lately, I’ve noticed that wildlife is attracted to wildflowers as much as I am and I’ve discovered that they do so for many different reasons.
Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson
The real meaning of plant catalog terminology: