06-07-2012, 01:53 PM
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Pollinator (bee) working its magic on Eastern Purple Coneflower



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Pollinator (bee) working its magic on Purple Coneflower



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Pollinator (bee) working its magic on Purple Coneflower

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 06-07-2012, 08:14 PM
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Neat!

Mike do you only grow them for the flowers or for the roots as well? (echinacea)

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 06-07-2012, 09:11 PM
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Mike, you and your gorgeous pictures of wildlife and flowers. Keep them coming.

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 06-07-2012, 11:06 PM
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 06-08-2012, 06:27 AM
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(06-07-2012, 08:14 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Mike do you only grow them for the flowers or for the roots as well? (echinacea)

Hi Brian

At this time the native plants (which are edible) we grow aren't grown for food, maybe in a year or two's time once everything has properly established itself we will view those native plants differently...

Next year's gardening project is installing at least a couple of raised beds for fruit and veggie growing.

Take care, Mike

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 06-08-2012, 06:31 AM
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Mike -

That's great photography and it's nice to see people work on getting native species re-established.

I did that for a while in Ohio, and my dream is to get a house that's far enough away from my neighbours so that I can have most of my land in a native state. I hate lawns!

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 06-08-2012, 06:47 AM
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(06-08-2012, 06:31 AM)yohannrjm Wrote: That's great photography and it's nice to see people work on getting native species re-established.

I did that for a while in Ohio, and my dream is to get a house that's far enough away from my neighbours so that I can have most of my land in a native state. I hate lawns!

Hi Yohann

Thank you Smile

I've learnt a lot, am still learning a lot, about native plants from this small gardening project...

Being a true English gent Wink I love my lawn and take great pride in having a good looking lawn. My lawn isn't the perfect bowling green lawn, it's maintained with zero chemicals ie I take an organic approach to it (and to the rest of my garden). Truth be told I'm a bit of a lawn, grass, nut (home educated expert).

One of the great things I learnt from native plants is the beauty of native (ornamental) grasses, I use a lot of them in my garden...

We share a very! similar dream, fingers-crossed it becomes reality for both of us Smile

Take care, Mike

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 06-09-2012, 12:00 AM
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Mike, your photographs continue to bring a lot of pleasure. Please keep them coming. Your garden is beautiful and I, for one, really enjoy following it's progress.

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 06-09-2012, 11:21 AM
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(06-09-2012, 12:00 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, your photographs continue to bring a lot of pleasure. Please keep them coming. Your garden is beautiful and I, for one, really enjoy following it's progress.

Hi Freddy

Thank you for the kind words Smile

Hope you are enjoying Scotland, the weather is being kind to you over there and you're not eating to many deep-fried Mars bars Wink

Also if you have any photos to share I would love to see them.

Take care, Mike

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 06-09-2012, 12:10 PM
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Hay Mike, I know I'm not one to post much in your little threads on this sort of thing... but my wife and I sure do enjoy your pics and pleasure.

Please keep it up.

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 06-09-2012, 12:36 PM
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(06-09-2012, 12:10 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: Hay Mike, I know I'm not one to post much in your little threads on this sort of thing... but my wife and I sure do enjoy your pics and pleasure.

Please keep it up.

Hi Bob

Thank you Thumbsup

Hopefully I don't bore too many here with my gardening obsession...

Take care, Mike

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 06-09-2012, 03:28 PM
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Not at all Mike, continue.

It's like any other thing in life that's optional, if someone doesn't like it they just move on. I think the subject of the thread tells folks what it's about.

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 06-10-2012, 03:20 AM
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I love your shots of your garden. Thanks for sharing your garden and the great photos.

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 06-10-2012, 09:53 AM
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Well, Mike, it looks like you have a bunch of groupies following your progress. Wink

Unfortunately, the weather has been mostly overcast so no photos of my trip yet. Sad

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 06-12-2012, 10:01 AM
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Pollinator (Small Carpenter Bee, I think) working its magic on Becky Shasta Daisy, see how its rear legs are covered in pollen...



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Pollinator (Hover Fly, I think) working its magic on Heliopsis Ballerina Ox Eye



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Pollinator (Hover Fly, I think) working its magic on Heliopsis Ballerina Ox Eye

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 06-12-2012, 10:06 AM
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Mike, your photography is every bit as spectacular as your gardening. Smile

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 06-12-2012, 10:20 AM
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(06-12-2012, 10:06 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, your photography is every bit as spectacular as your gardening. Smile

Freddy, your words are too kind Blush

I do admit I got (very) lucky on the Hover Fly, especially the first photo with its big eyes looking right at the camera...

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 06-13-2012, 04:38 PM
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Pollinator (Eastern Carpenter Bee, I think) working its magic on Eastern Purple Coneflower

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 06-13-2012, 06:54 PM
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Mike,

Your photos are exceptional. Thank you for sharing.

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 06-14-2012, 08:07 PM
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I agree with the what the person above me said. Really good fotos. And wonderful colors! the pink, the orange and the yellow...3 of my favorites all in one picture!

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