Quotes about wildflowers and native plants

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Above: Wood poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum. Below, right: Wood poppy with summer snowflake, Leucojum 'Gravetye'. Left: Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum. Lower left: With white leaf Lamium maculatum. 

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The beauty of woodland wildflowers is that they exist at all.

- Roger Swain -
see What's Coming Up #88


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Growing a natural habitat garden is also one of the most important things each of us can do to help restore a little order to a disordered world.

- Ken Druse -
see What's Coming Up #53

 The garden is like a hospital:  All the plants are on intensive care. Watering, mulching, fertilizing, maybe even someone chopping off their little dead heads. In a prairie garden or meadow, the plants are fully capable of fending for themselves. They require no fertilizers, watering, or special care, as long as one has selected native plants to match their soil and sunlight conditions.

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -
see What's Coming Up #101

There are some optimists who search eagerly for the skunk cabbage which in February sometimes pushes itself up through the ice, SkunkCabg4373s.jpgand who call it a sign of spring.
  I wish that I could
  feel that way about
  it, but I do not. The
  truth of the matter,
  to me, is simply that
  skunk cabbage
  blooms in the
  winter time.

- Joseph Wood Krutch, The Twelve Seasons, 1949 -
Left: Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)


'Tis a strange Forest that has no rotten Wood in it...

- Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard's Almanack, 1747 -
see What's Coming Up #89

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Wood's not natural mulch for a woodland garden. Do you see forest trees shatter into a zillion pieces and fall? No. They fall, then decompose, then spread.

- Janet Macunovich -
see What's Coming Up #141


Nature's mighty law is change.

- Robert Burns -
see What's Coming Up #184

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Above, left: Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. Above, right: Prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) and Joe Pye (Eupatorium purpureum).

With names like butterflyweed, milkweed, ironweed, and Joe Pye Weed, you can be sure these plants were not named by a marketing person.

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -
see What's Coming Up #95 and What's Coming Up #100

 The big break for prairie plants was when Purple Coneflower went from being a 'Wildflower' to a 'Perennial.' It's our Jackie Robinson!

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -
see What's Coming Up #100

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Above, left: Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) is native along the Great Lakes shoreline in USDA hardiness zone 5. Above, right: Prairie native gayfeather (Liatris spicata) is a favorite for butterflies, and then for seed-eating birds.

Be careful when burning prairie gardens and meadows near buildings. Got any idea what the melting point of vinyl siding might be? I do, because it melted it on my office!  The fire was 40 feet away and under control, but a big gust of wind blew hot air toward the building, and the next thing I knew the siding was hanging down off the walls. So be careful out there!

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -
see What's Coming Up #138

Below: The grasses and forbs on a prairie have roots that delve very deep -- some have been tracked to 15' depth. Although a tree's roots do not go so deep as the crown rises or even so deep as some forbs, they do spread out two or three times as wide as the branches.


 The average prairie plant has about 2/3 of its living biomass underground in the roots. This storehouse of water and nutrients is like money in the bank for hard times. Obviously, these are Republican plants!

- Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery -
see What's Coming Up #104