What’s blooming in Fran’s yard? Blue lobelia

Blog and photos by Fran Glass
Secretary and Membership Chair, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Blue flowers

Blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitca)

Plant name:
Blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitca)
(also called blue cardinal flower or great lobelia)

Description:
This Missouri native perennial is clump-forming. It grows about two feet tall with showy flowers in August and September.

Why I chose this plant:
I so enjoy the beautiful blue color and unusual shape of the flowers.

Visitors:
Bumble bees

The Xerces Society guide, Attracting Native Pollinatorscalls it “an exceptional bumble bee plant.”

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2017 August monthly gathering highlights

Red brick building with open white door

Welcome to our August Gathering – Kevin King’s secret garden
Photo by Dawn Weber

August 2 and 5, 2017
Kevin King hosted two July yard tour gatherings. Thirty members and seven guests attended Wednesday evening August 2, and 16 members and two guests attended Saturday August 5. James Faupel made announcements on Wednesday, as did Marsha Gebhardt on Saturday.

Kevin built three town homes on Ann Avenue in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis. They are bookended by two flounder houses, which are rare mid-19th century, triangular type houses with windows on one side of the house.

Kevin is a strong supporter of urban renewal and of repurposing materials. The foundation and all the stone work from a pre-Civil War building were used on-site to build his homes’ stone columns, garage, and iron gate posts. He reused bricks from another project for his patio.

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Participation opens Fri Aug 18 for our 2017/2018 MDC seedling order

Wild Ones members wrap seedlings to give away at Earth Day

The seedling wrapping crew

By Dawn Weber
Board Member-at-Large, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Each year, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) offers Missouri residents a variety of tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, and erosion control, as well as for wildlife food and cover.

MDC provides mainly one-year-old, bare-root seedlings. A few species are two years old, and they are noted as 2-0 in the pricing chart. The size of the seedlings varies greatly depending on the species, which are available in bundles of 10 and 25.

This year, MDC is opening up the seedling order period on September 1st, quite a bit earlier than in previous years, so we also need to start our process earlier, to have the best chance at getting the species that we want. 

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Last call for Native Plant Garden Tour early bird registration

There’s just a few days left for $15 early bird registration to our 2017 Native Plant Garden Tour on September 16.

After August 15, tickets will be $20 and only available at our four retail garden center partners:

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What’s blooming in Penny’s yard? Missouri coneflower

Blog and photos by Penny Holtzmann
Board Member and Treasurer, Wild Ones – St. Louis Chapter

Yellow flowers

Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)

Plant name:
Missouri coneflower (Rudbeckia missouriensis)

Description:
This perennial occurs on limestone glades in the Ozarks and tolerates all the heat and drought that our Midwest summers can throw at them.

Missouri coneflower only grows about two feet tall and looks formal enough to put in your front yard. Its profusion of bright yellow flowers are most welcome in late summer.

This plant provides good cut flowers to bring indoors. 

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