Mystery Plant

By Amy Redfield

Another for the growing mystery plant files! This attractive, upright grower has volunteered in a fellow native plant grower’s yard. Any clues would be welcome!

Photos from Principia School grant

by Ed Schmidt

The St. Louis Chapter of Wild Ones recently made a grant to The Principia School for the purchase of native plants for a landscaping project that will be used to educate students about native plants.

Lynne Scott, principal at Principia Upper School, writes, “I wanted to send a few pictures of the progress that has been made on the Principia prairie garden!  I’ve had some great help from students of all ages as you can see in the pictures.”

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May meeting photos

Here are some photos from the May meeting at the home of Chris Siewig, owner of Nature’s Re-Creations. Photos by Bill Hoss and Brian Hall.  Click any thumbnail for a larger image.  Once you’re viewing a large image, you can click it to see the next photo.

Who am I, and am I plotting to take over the world?

By Amy Redfield

A lovely, small plant with darling white flowers has made its home in my native border. I suspect it came in as a give-away at a Wild Ones meeting, but cannot recall what it is! It has definitely made itself at home, spreading with abandon. I’d love to have a name to call it when I talk to it, other than George, my placeholder name. I’d also love to know if others have noted its tendencies to take over, and if that instinct is easily tamed.

Amy's mystery plant


Polyphemus moth

By Kathy Bildner

In March I brought a cocoon of a Polyphemus Moth into my house. I found it in the backyard on a bittersweet vine that grows up my silver maple tree. I knew what it was because last spring I did this same thing.

Mid April it emerged from its winter metamorphosis. It hung onto the side of the cocoon drying and expanding its wings. It did this for hours and by bedtime was still not ready to fly. I put it out on the back porch. I figured it would be gone by morning. As you all know, moths fly at night. My moth did not leave.

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2012 Sustainable Backyard Tour – opportunity to get involved

People touring a backyard garden on the 2011 Sustainable Backyard TourThe Sustainable Backyard Tour is a self-guided, open-house-style tour of sustainable outdoor spaces in and around St. Louis. Attendees get to see how others have integrated sustainable living practices including rainwater harvesting, composting, keeping chickens, bees, or goats, using renewable energy, permeable surfaces, recycled art and more.

The concept of the Sustainable Backyard stresses converting unproductive, high-maintenance lawn and pavement into something more useful and restorative―both to the earth itself and the human spirit. A sustainable backyard offers the opportunity to provide food for our families, wildlife habitat, relaxation and visual appeal, all while minimizing impacts on the environment and the communities in which we live.

The organizers are looking for yards to include on the tour. We know some of you have great yards, and planting with natives definitely fits the Sustainable theme. They’re also looking for volunteers and sponsors. If you’d like to be involved, visit the website.

This year’s tour will be Sunday, June 24 from 11am to 4pm. If you want to attend the tour, check back later to register.