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Author Topic: Garden: Native Plants Database for Gardeners  (Read 903 times)

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Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:19:10 pm »
Audubon just unveiled its free interactive database for gardeners; you enter your ZIP code, and it gives you a rundown of the native plants that are helpful to birds and other wildlife in your area.

Audubon.org/native-plants
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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 09:43:50 pm »
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Audubon just unveiled its free interactive database for gardeners; you enter your ZIP code, and it gives you a rundown of the native plants that are helpful to birds and other wildlife in your area.

Audubon.org/native-plants

 
That is awesome as hell. Thanks for posting!!


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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 06:26:24 pm »
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Audubon just unveiled its free interactive database for gardeners; you enter your ZIP code, and it gives you a rundown of the native plants that are helpful to birds and other wildlife in your area.

Audubon.org/native-plants


Too bad it's US only :( this is an awesome idea.

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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
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Too bad it's US only :( this is an awesome idea.

 
I did appreciate that it was immediately clear that it was US-only, by explicating 'US Zip Code'. So many sites, you can't tell if they're using 'zip code' as a catchall that also includes Canadian postal codes, UK post codes, etc without trying. (And then there are the sites that say their database or whatever includes Canada, but their system only accepts zip codes.... :mad:)

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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2017, 12:42:32 pm »
Audubon just unveiled its free interactive database for gardeners; you enter your ZIP code, and it gives you a rundown of the native plants that are helpful to birds and other wildlife in your area.

Audubon.org/native-plants


Nice!   I'm glad to see a couple of them are things I already have.  Now I just need to find a way to get rid of the Virginia Creeper ( heh. Stuff is such a damn nightmare.  I know it's native in some parts of  the country, but not here, and it has become a personal nemesis) so I can plant some of the others.

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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2017, 05:08:52 pm »
Nice!   I'm glad to see a couple of them are things I already have.  Now I just need to find a way to get rid of the Virginia Creeper ( heh. Stuff is such a damn nightmare.  I know it's native in some parts of  the country, but not here, and it has become a personal nemesis) so I can plant some of the others.

I'm the opposite; I deliberately planted Virginia creeper, because it's native and great for wildlife, makes my garden look lush, is so low maintenance, and turns that beautiful scarlet in the fall. I freely admit, however, that it actively tries to take over the world.
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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2017, 05:40:42 pm »
I'm the opposite; I deliberately planted Virginia creeper, because it's native and great for wildlife, makes my garden look lush, is so low maintenance, and turns that beautiful scarlet in the fall. I freely admit, however, that it actively tries to take over the world.

I did think it was pretty until my dog got repeatedly sick from eating it as a puppy, which I suspect may have caused him to permanently have IBS as an adult, so that makes me have a particularly jaundiced view of it...    But I also would like to grow things I can eat or otherwise use, and also I would like to avoid fines for not keeping the walkway clear, and Virginia Creeper is currently obstructive of both of those things.  It would probably render my front door completely unusable if I wasn't ripping it out by the binful on a daily basis.


It certainly is a way to quickly cover up any unattractive visual elements in your landscaping, though, as long as you can figure out how to keep it from also running amok over anything you did want to keep.

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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2017, 12:28:42 am »
I did think it was pretty until my dog got repeatedly sick from eating it as a puppy, which I suspect may have caused him to permanently have IBS as an adult, so that makes me have a particularly jaundiced view of it...    But I also would like to grow things I can eat or otherwise use, and also I would like to avoid fines for not keeping the walkway clear, and Virginia Creeper is currently obstructive of both of those things.  It would probably render my front door completely unusable if I wasn't ripping it out by the binful on a daily basis.


It certainly is a way to quickly cover up any unattractive visual elements in your landscaping, though, as long as you can figure out how to keep it from also running amok over anything you did want to keep.

We have a patch of it well in the back of the yard.  There was an old tobacco building that has fallen down.  As the barn isn't technically ours (even though it is on our property), we really saw no need to do anything with it.  It wasn't hurting anything, and has provided shelter to several critters.  It's been pretty much covered by the Virginia creeper.

We have several vines of both trumpet honeysuckle and trumpet creeper.  Both are marvelously colored, and have brought a slew of birds to the house.  Not to mention the butterflies!  It's usually a cornucopia of color in the yard. 

Great little tool to have handy.  I've been thinking about planting some holly bushes around the house.
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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2017, 10:27:19 pm »
Audubon just unveiled its free interactive database for gardeners; you enter your ZIP code, and it gives you a rundown of the native plants that are helpful to birds and other wildlife in your area.

Audubon.org/native-plants


Hey, not sure where else to ask this and thought of you...do you happen to know any resources for learning about Asian bird species?  I just recently bought a cool old Japanese print at a thrift store which is a scene of many different kinds of birds, which look fairly realistic and I just thought it would be interesting if they could be identified.

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Re: Native Plants Database for Gardeners
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2017, 11:02:10 pm »
Hey, not sure where else to ask this and thought of you...do you happen to know any resources for learning about Asian bird species?  I just recently bought a cool old Japanese print at a thrift store which is a scene of many different kinds of birds, which look fairly realistic and I just thought it would be interesting if they could be identified.

I can't think of any easy way to ID them, unfortunately. Also, I don't know the custom in Japanese art, but in Western art the birds added to a scene are often completely invented, or only loosely based on actual birds, or an amalgam of more than one bird. So identifying the species on the print could be impossible, if they don't represent actual species.
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