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Will non-native St. Augustine crowd out non-native bermudagrass in Plano TX
June 28, 2011
I have Bermuda sod via builder, looked great for 3+ years. then had crack house neighbors max weeds for 2+ years. Killing them (the weeds) had a toll on the grass. Now a fifth of the LOSER neighbor...
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Post-bloom period care for Pink evening primrose
June 28, 2011
Hello, I live in Denton, TX. I introduced pink evening primrose as a ground cover to a xeriscaped section of my property a few years ago. I have pretty much left it alone and let it do its thing an...
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Large Leaved Trees in Sugarland, TX
June 27, 2011
Can you give me a list of trees which bear thick and broad leaves?
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Plant identification
June 27, 2011
I have a plant my Dad had found years ago. Last of April a stem with bulb shaped bottom. May 6-stem opened and folded back exposing spotted inside of leaf. Bottom had yellow pollen? and green stem 2+ ...
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Changing bloom color from Tulsa OK
June 27, 2011
How do you change the bloom color?
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What's attacking my Nellie Stevens Holly plants in Iredell, TX?
June 27, 2011
I just bought 10 Nellie R. Stevens holly bushes and planted them as a screen. The leaves on some of the plants are at least half white - not yellow but white. Apparently they were like that when I b...
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Is Phlox divaricata evergreen?
June 27, 2011
Is Phlox divaricata evergreen?
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ground covers for shady areas in New York City
June 27, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants: What would be the best ground covers for big shady areas in New York City instead of lawns?
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Is hummingbird vine poisonous to parrots?
June 26, 2011
Is hummingbird vine poisonous to parrots? I am setting up vines and plants around the aviary and would like to use this vine if it's not poisonous.
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Root rot in trees near Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA
June 26, 2011
Lake Wenatchee State Park, WA has been closed due to root rot for a year. I own a cabin 1 mile from the State Park. I cannot find a single piece of information about whether private property near th...
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Native grass lawn for San Antonio
June 25, 2011
Dear Mr Smartyplants, I live outside of San Antonio and my question is in regards to putting in a native grass lawn. What type of soil should I put down? I've sprayed herbicide and was planning on ...
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Plant identification
June 25, 2011
I see a previous question from Ohio on this plant, so I will copy the description and try to submit photos. "A year later a weed-like plant started growing beside it. It has very thorny leaves, stem...
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Magnolia Not Doing Well in Round Rock, Texas
June 25, 2011
I have a Magnolia grandiflora in my back yard, planted on May 20th of this year. Located on a western exposure with no shade and about 18' tall x 10' wide. I've been watering it every 3-4 days or ...
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Plants for a Vacant Lot in the Big Apple
June 24, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, We have recently gone in to restore a vacant plot in Harlem. This soil is varied, but mostly rubble, old slag, some sand in one area, old fill- pH 7-8.5. We dug a small tren...
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Flower friends for roses in Tyler Texas
June 24, 2011
I have planted some double red Knockout roses and am looking for plants to go with them to add blue, white, pink and yellow hues. I am interested in planting something that will act as a ground cover ...
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Roots of live oak in lawn from Round Rock TX
June 24, 2011
I live on a cul-de-sac and have a small triangle shape yard. There is a large live oak in the middle of the yard. I am concerned because large bark covered roots have emerged on two sides of the tre...
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Native Species List for Ponca OK
June 24, 2011
I planted daylilies in my Austin garden and did not do well. I moved these daylilies to my garden in Ponca City Oklahoma and have done outstanding relying only on mother nature's rain. My garden in ...
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Non-native textile bamboo for Austin?
June 24, 2011
I was looking for a non-invasive bamboo to plant as a privacy screen in central Austin. Would bambusa textilis (weavers bamboo) be an ok solution since it is a clumping bamboo instead of running?
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Squirrels eating seed pods of Rock Rose in Austin
June 24, 2011
Squirrel(s) have been ripping the branches off my rock rose bushes in order to eat the seed pods. Previously we had problems with squirrel(s) gnawing on our garden ornaments. I sprayed the ornaments ...
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Can a madrone be used as a house plant from Grand Rapids MI
June 24, 2011
Can a madrone tree be used as a house plant in Michigan? It is about 10" tall in a gal pot. Can a couple of trees be planted together to become one larger house plant? it's currently in a clay mix.
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Non-native little leaf linden (Tilia cordata)
June 24, 2011
What is the name of the little leaf linden that has no flowers or pods to shed?
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Shady shrubs for an ugly fence in New Jersey.
June 23, 2011
What type of tree or shrub can I plant in 07747 NJ to cover an ugly fence that gets little or no sun. Thanks
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Plant identification of a trillium in New Jersey
June 23, 2011
I have several Trillium grown from one seed source. The plant looks like Trillium cuneatum, but unlike that plant, the stems of these plants -- which seed freely in my Northwest New Jersey garden -- l...
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Ash tree shedding seeds early in IL
June 23, 2011
I've lived in my house 13 years now and have a large and old ash tree in my backyard near my patio. The seed pods are ten-fold this year and are dropping constantly. I've never experienced this co...
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Mowing the multi-species buffalo grass lawn
June 23, 2011
I am planning on putting in a buffalo grass lawn in an area that is little used. I read that a mix of buffalo, blue grama, and curly mesquite is good for better cover but I am concerned about the blu...
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Plant Identification
June 23, 2011
I live in Alaska and have TEENY cute 5 petaled white flowers growing on my lawn. They are very short, maybe 2 inches in height. The flower is about 1/2 inch wide. They look like a perfect tiny daisy. ...
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Leaves on non-native Confederate Jasmine dry up in Buda TX
June 23, 2011
Leaves on star or confederate jasmine vine dry up. Not due to lack of water and I can't find any insect damage. Starts with one shoot and then spreads to entire plant. I will try to attach picture...
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Something eating milkweed leaves in Austin
June 23, 2011
I have some milk weed plants, and have noticed in the last few weeks that something is eating the leaves on them. The flowers are fine and no other plant appears to be bothered. I thought perhaps it w...
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More information about Trillium in New Jersey
June 23, 2011
Hi, Nan. FYI. The Trillium seeds in question came from the State of Alabama. If you have an interest in seeing photos of this Trillium and two others in my garden, which are different and which I be...
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Wildflowers that grow in woodlands
June 22, 2011
Please tell me the names of wildflowers that grow under your oak trees in Texas. I am only familiar with those open meadow plants, not those that live under the deciduous trees. Thank you for your t...
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Native grass for erosion control on Shoal Creek in Austin, TX
June 22, 2011
What is the best grass seed for erosion control in Austin, TX - Shoal Creek goes through my back yard and I need to seed some areas and it gets lots of sun.
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Keeping deer away from non-native plants in Lansing MI
June 22, 2011
What is the real - best way to keep deer from eating my Hostas, Garden phlox and lilies? Ive tried the stinky spray and the fertilizer granules that deter, to no avail.
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Need suggestions for plants for a privacy screen in Arlington, VA.
June 22, 2011
I am looking for a tall-growing tree/shrub to act as a privacy screen with neighbors on two existing borders, including, e.g., blocking out the neighbors tall swing set gym, deck, and other activity, ...
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Replacement for Spanish Dagger from Georgetown TX
June 22, 2011
I have a Spanish Dagger plant in my garden which appears to be dying. Where can I purchase a replacement for this plant? The Spanish Dagger I have is close to 10 feet tall. What is the best way t...
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Plants in wheelbarrow dying in Jacksonville, FL
June 22, 2011
I planted a wheelbarrow with daisies, petunias and black and blue salvia. the salvia is thriving, but the others died. Is the salvia toxic to them?
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Need help with my Mountain Laurel in Sugarland, TX
June 22, 2011
Texas Mountain Laurel - My plant's leaves are turning yellow and falling off. I don't know if this is caused from over watering or under watering. I have skipped days of watering to see if it will h...
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Grass for shady area
June 21, 2011
I need to find a grass that can grow in a shady area, with some sun. Drought resistant and preferably native to the area. Would like to find a sod if possible. I know it's not a great time to plant n...
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Jimsonweed and its toxic nature
June 21, 2011
I purchased a Jimson weed plant at a local plant sale at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center this spring and was quite surprised at how quickly & large it grew. After the first round of flowers fa...
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Plant identification
June 19, 2011
I am trying to identify a flowering plant I saw today in Houston. Its leaves are green and it produces beautiful flowers with 4 petals that kind of remind me of a pinwheel. The petals are about 2 inch...
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Plant identification
June 18, 2011
Hello- I would like to know what is this plant? It grows in part to full sun over a large area; gray fuzzy, quilted, pointed leaves. It is now about 6-10" tall plants but there are untrimmed 24-3...
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Plant identification of Indian Cane
June 18, 2011
I live in southern Alabama. We have a plant that is wild but I can not find any info on it. My grandmother called it Indian Cane. The stems are red and you can chew them, they have a sour taste
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What variations of non-native Lavender will grow in Montgomery County TX
June 18, 2011
I live in East Montgomery County, Texas. What varieties of Lavender grow best in my area? I had some success with Providence variety and Spanish variety. I would like to grow more varieties if possi...
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Plant identification
June 17, 2011
I have an area of some plants growing wild in woods behind my house. It will creep onto adjoining plants and has a delicate lavender colored flower that is curled up similar to a sweetpea, has a very ...
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Plant identification of fern-like tree in Tennessee/North Carolina
June 17, 2011
Was on my way to Hilton Head and noticed near the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, there was a tree standing about 4 feet tall. Thin straight trunk and at the very top was fern looking foliage...
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Plant identification
June 17, 2011
There is a sweet pea like vine that grows along the road in NC. IT is pink and looks much like a sweet pea. What is it?
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Suggestions for flowerbed in Mesquite TX
June 17, 2011
I live in Mesquite and am new to the area. I am trying to make the flowerbed in the front of my house look better. I've planted some yellow roses and red roses but would like some perennial that bloo...
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Shrubs for a fenceline in NY
June 16, 2011
Need to replace shrubs along a fence. Currently have Honeysuckle and they are very old. Would like to have something different with more color & interest during winter months. The line of shrubs are h...
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Plant identification for Westcave Preserve
June 16, 2011
Green greetings! In the canyon at Westcave Preserve last month, I saw a plant I don't know: low, broadish leaves (with rounded edges as I recall); very tall, delicate stems with tiny white flowers sp...
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Plant identification
June 16, 2011
I have a photo of a shrubby plant with large spines. Is there a way for me to attach it? I'm having trouble identifying it. Thanks!
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Plants for curb appeal from Birmingham AL
June 16, 2011
My front yard is on a down hill slope. Can you recommend some plants that would be good for creating curb appeal that will be planted up against the house? We need some that are short around 2 feet ...
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Grass for sunny or shady slope in Birmingham AL
June 16, 2011
What kind of grass grows well in the shade or sun on a sloping landscape?
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drought-resistant turf grasses for New York City
June 16, 2011
Hi - I work at the Smithsonian in New York City and we have a very large lawn that is frequently used in the summer for programming. It gets very beat up. I read an article in teh New York Times about...
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Wildflowers for decorating for a wedding from San Marcos TX
June 16, 2011
I am in the early stages of planning my wedding for next year. I would like to decorate with wildflowers in mason jars. I need to set a date! What is the peak season for wildflowers blooming in centra...
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wildflowers for bees and hummers in central Texas
June 16, 2011
I'm building a native habitat for different hummingbirds and bees at the Inks Lake Fish Hatchery, and I was wondering what kind of native plants in Texas attract these creatures but are also low main...
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What is eating Eve's Necklace in San Marcos TX
June 16, 2011
A small Styphnolobium affine in my yard is repeatedly being defoliated by something. It courageously leafs out again each time, even in the drought. There is a larger tree nearby that remains untouc...
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Not deer eating the Eve's necklace in San Marcos TX
June 16, 2011
Dear Mr SP, Re: the Eve's necklace being eaten. I'm so sorry that I didn't tell you in my original question which you were kind enough to answer with the speed of lightening, but I am on the East...
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Plant identification
June 15, 2011
I have a plant similar to sheepshire. It has red leaves and yellow blooms exactly like the green variety. We brought it here to Oklahoma from Wyoming. I would like to know what it's called and where ...
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Shaded Groundcover for Florida
June 15, 2011
Looking for ground cover for shade. Area is between two houses. Something with minimal amount of work and care.
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Problems with redbud in DeLand FL
June 15, 2011
My native Redbud trees leaves are turning yellow and a sucker branch has died. What could it be?
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Alternative to swamp sunflower for Austin
June 15, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, I love this forum and have learned so much from it! Do you know of an alternative to Helianthus angustifolius L. (Swamp sunflower) that requires less water and would be m...
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Problems with non-native Chocolate Mimosa from Dallas
June 15, 2011
I have a Chocolate Mimosa I planted last spring. It came back strong this spring but suddenly the leafs have started turning brown and falling off, it gets watered every morning and I don't have a c...
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Silverleaf Nightshade, Happy in El Paso Texas
June 14, 2011
Trying to identify a small wildflower all over in our El Paso neighborhood. Lavender bloom, five pointed petals, Star pattern inside, five bright yellow pistols. Beautiful. Thanks!
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Plant identification in Parker County, Texas
June 14, 2011
Hi. Growing alongside a country road, here in Parker County I photographed what I thought might be cardinal flowers. However, in searching books and on the net, I cannot find any quite like these. ...
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Will mowing live oak seedlings contribute to Oak Wilt from Dripping Springs TX
June 14, 2011
I live near Drippings Springs, TX. Will mowing live oak seedlings contribute to the spread of oak wilt?
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poor blooming on (non-native) plumbago
June 14, 2011
I recently purchased several blue Plumbago plants that were covered in blooms. We planted them in our front beds that receive about 5 hours of morning sun then afternoon shade. I have watered them eve...
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Plants for a septic field in Rogers AR
June 13, 2011
I live in Rogers Arkansas (northwest corner of the state). My home sits in a holler. My back and side yard is almost totally lateral lines for a septic system. One section of my yard (it's fenced an...
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Collecting seeds for Texas Bluebell from Clifton TX
June 13, 2011
How and when should I try and collect seeds from the Texas Bluebell?
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Problems with non-native Potato vine from Morgan Hill CA
June 13, 2011
Greetings from Morgan Hill. CA. I have moved into a home that has a fairly mature (10 years +/-) Potato Tree which has some blue/purple flowers but very few new leaves, it looks almost barren. It gets...
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Tree planting in OH
June 12, 2011
When transplanting a tree (a maple in Spring in my case now), I understand that one should leave a surrounding doughnut like ridge around the root base to hold in the water from rains and irrigation. ...
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Rust problems on Jack in the Pulpit in IL
June 12, 2011
The last 2 years I have noticed that some of my jack in the pulpit plants have something that makes me think of a copper color rust.It seems to start on the underside of the leaves. What can I do to g...
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Watering newly planted woodland plants in VA
June 12, 2011
How frequently should newly planted, native plants, growing in wooded areas be watered? Is it better to not water at all than to use sprinklers in which case the water rarely saturates the leaf...
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Which native palms survived severe cold from Las Cruces NM
June 12, 2011
Can you tell me which of the north American native palms survived the severe cold last year that hit El Paso and Las Cruces?
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What kind of turf can be planted in Baja Mexico from Las Vegas NV
June 12, 2011
What kind of turf can be planted in Baja. Mexico
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plants for a green roof
June 12, 2011
Dear Mr. Smarty Plants, We have a small, homemade green roof with a 4" medium on our sunroom, which faces south, however, a portion is partially shaded a Sweet Gum tree. Native Iris cristata, phlox...
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Standing cypress turning brown in San Antonio
June 12, 2011
Last year I bought and planted a standing cypress. This year several plants came up. The tallest one was about 1 foot tall. After blooming the plant began to turn brown and die. My question: Is t...
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Plant identification
June 11, 2011
This plant will grow 12-15 feet or more in height in the rural areas of Ellis County south of Dallas. In a fractal manner, stems grow out of the stalk and then from the stems. The leaves are green, th...
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Time to Plant Blue Grama Seeds in Spring Branch, Texas
June 11, 2011
We would like to plant Blue Grama grass seeds but due to the hot weather with no rain here in central Texas, can we wait until September or even October to plant grass seeds? Thank you
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Live oak trees and possible drought stress in Lott, TX.
June 11, 2011
One of our Live Oak trees is losing leaves in only a portion of it. I have researched Oak Wilt and I am not sure that is what it has. We have trees that are hundreds of years old and was wondering i...
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Disease in non-native globe willow from Morgan UT
June 11, 2011
I have a globe willow tree that is a few years old but still a relatively young tree. It appears to have slime flux disease. It has 3 or 4 spots on the trunk where the foam exits and runs down the tru...
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Are junipers tainting the soil in Loveland CO?
June 10, 2011
Have several varieties of junipers around my yard. Each year I try to place a small garden in a corner of my yard, the plants don't do well at all. Growing up nearby, I gardened with my parents so ...
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Infrequently blooming yucca in Harrison AR
June 10, 2011
My Yuccas have only bloomed once in 8 years. Looking at the Internet I think mine is Elephantis variety - I did buy them at a nursery; they are in full sun.
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Can wildflower seeds be stored in plastic from Bayside TX
June 10, 2011
I have been harvesting seeds from all of the varieties of wildflowers I'd planted in a raised flower bed. I had vacuum sealed them with my Seal-A Meal but a few days ago I was told that this was not ...
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Native grasses for a sandy Maryland yard
June 10, 2011
Mr. Smarty Plants, I live in Severn (AA County) where we have sandy soil and on a well/septic system. Can you tell me a native grass I can seed in my yard? Something hardy and does not require a ...
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Problems with non-native althea in White Oak TX
June 10, 2011
I have an althea bush that is 2 years old. I have never had a problem with it before but this year only half of it has leaved out and is blooming. The other half has some very small leaves and very sm...
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Using Erosion Mats to Discourage Deer in Buda, Texas
June 09, 2011
I have a small back yard that has turned into a throughway for a large herd of deer. Whenever I try to grow grass the deer pull out the grasses. The more I water it, the more deer traffic. I was wo...
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Problems with maple in Denver
June 09, 2011
I live in Denver, CO and planted an Autumn Blaze maple three years ago. It has done very well until about a week ago. The leaves are drying out and falling off and earlier today I noticed some bugs ...
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Can a hibiscus survive in Wyoming?
June 09, 2011
Can a hibiscus survive in Wyoming if it is taken care of properly? If so, can you tell me how to make it happen?
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Non-native impatiens from Charlottesville VA
June 09, 2011
Question about type of impatiens. My Alabama mother grew these and called them touch-me-not. They grow about 2 feet tall and blooms grow UNDER the leaf canopy up the stem. Colors I have are pale pink ...
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Planting live oak trees in summer in Austin
June 09, 2011
We would like to plant a few live oak trees in our front yard for shade and animal protection. As it is very hot and dry right now, can we plant now? If not, when?
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Problems with redbud in CT
June 08, 2011
My Eastern redbud was planted 4 years ago and has been fine. This Spring it was beginning to pop out buds. Less than a week later, after returning from a trip all the buds were dead, never flowered, ...
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Groups promoting Edible Grasses
June 08, 2011
Is there a group of people who want to study and grow edible grasses? Thanks!
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Chile pequin from Spring Plant Sale in Austin
June 08, 2011
Re: chile pequin purchased at your Spring 2011 sale: it grows, seems to thrive, but sets no flowers and so bears no fruit. It's in terracotta in Ladybug potting soil, on a shady apartment patio. How ...
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Sandbur invasion in Mission TX
June 08, 2011
I have a spiny sandbur invasion in my yard. Even the dog tiptoes around to do her business. Because I live in Mission, TX, this weed acts like a perennial and is constantly growing (no winter freezes...
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Plants for a shady hillside in WI
June 07, 2011
I would like to know what kind of plants I could plant on a northern exposure hillside to stop erosion. At the bottom of the hill is a lake. Also would putting rocks from the area as natural retaining...
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Plant identification
June 07, 2011
Please help me identify this volunteer plant in my back yard in Austin, TX. It has long thorns. Thank you.
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Mountain Laurel having trouble in AZ
June 07, 2011
A Sophora secundflora (Texas mountain laurel) was planted to an Arizona north faced front yard last year in August under full sun. Starting early this year, I noticed its leaves turn to light green an...
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Watering oaks in Houston, TX.
June 07, 2011
Our yard (Real County, TX.) has many oak trees. We never water these trees, but I wonder if you recommend watering during this extreme drought. The trees look very stressed and are covered in ball m...
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protecting native trees during drought
June 07, 2011
We are very concerned about our mature live oaks and cedar elms because they are so stressed due to the drought. We have lost several of our mountain juniper and I really don't want to lose our more...
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Gardening in Bahrain
June 07, 2011
Hey, I'm living in Bahrain where the climate is really hot and the soil is kinda very salty. I've got my mango tree in the ground already, transferred it 2 months ago from the pot. I've noticed the...
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Summer fragrance from Naples FL
June 07, 2011
Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Naples, Florida, there has been something that blooms in the summer. I smell this every day into the evening and it isn't a flowery fragrance, it was a li...
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