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An occasional report of what’s growing at Maypop Hill Nursery and the
Miley homestead in Norwood, LA; to subscribe t...
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Spring Garden Chores: Problem Plants
Solution to pesky
vines climbing all over an
 Oakleaf Hydrangea?
Location, loc...
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https://bluethumb.org/raingardens/
https://bluethumb.org/raingardens/
Courtesy,
#Lawns2Legumesbwsr.state.mn.us/lawns...
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Maypop Hill Nursery & Publications
4979 Spec Garig Rd., Norwood, LA
Betty & LJ Miley, specializing in native plants ...
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Mh newsletter april may 2021

native plants, ecogardening, Lawns to Legumes, natural landscaping

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Mh newsletter april may 2021

  1. 1. 1 / 4 An occasional report of what’s growing at Maypop Hill Nursery and the Miley homestead in Norwood, LA; to subscribe to the free newsletter, contact us by email maypophill@gmail.com. Website: maypophill.com The Maypop Hill Newsletter The Maypop Hill Newsletter April-May 2021 April is the orange-est month as everyone can see. The other months are jealous, of this little showoff tree. Maypop Hill's acidic, well-drained soil makes it easy to grow native azaleas. The pink one (Rhododendron canescens) is the first to flower, followed weeks later by yellow/orange azaleas. This list of native azaleas is from Putting Nature First on Your Southern Land, a free pdf on our website, maypophill.com. Florida Azalea, Rhododendron austrinum, 6-12'; S-PS; B; W; yellow flowers Honeysuckle Azalea, R. canescens, 8-16'; S-PS; B; W; pink Oconee Azalea, R. flammeum, 6-8'; S-PS; B; W; orange-red Swamp Azalea, R. viscosum, 5-7'; S-PS; B; W; white White Azalea, R. oblongifolium, 2-5’; S-PS; B; W; white to pink Others: R. alabamense, R. atlanticum, calendulaceum, carolinianum, colemanii, cumberlandense, periclymenoides, prinophyllum, prunifolium We often see a painted bunting ► at the bird feeder in spring. The colorful cutie pie taps at the window but we don't let it in. It also won't sit still long enough to get a better photo. Rhododendron austrinum
  2. 2. 2 / 4 Spring Garden Chores: Problem Plants Solution to pesky vines climbing all over an  Oakleaf Hydrangea? Location, location, location. Go back in time and DON'T plant on a slope where you can't stand up straight to pull, chop, hack, weedeat, prune, much less push a lawnmower. Solution to handling prickly stems on brambles? Gloves, pine straw mulch to reduce hand weeding, fencing for long branches to clamber along. Bird netting might also be a good idea to keep feathered friends from taking all the Boysenberries. Solution to Poison Ivy? Best removed with gloved hand pruning. If itchy bumps appear, we apply Benadryl Spray, not the lotion. Solution to floppy stems on Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)? There are two options. The plant makes pretty blue flowers in early spring and purplish evergreen foliage in winter. When the stems grow long and droopy, we cut most of them to the ground. Sometimes, we stick metal trellises to support a few to see what bees and butterflies come to sip nectar, like the one on one on page 4.
  3. 3. 3 / 4 https://bluethumb.org/raingardens/ https://bluethumb.org/raingardens/ Courtesy, #Lawns2Legumesbwsr.state.mn.us/lawns-legumes- #Lawns2Legumesbwsr.state.mn.us/lawns-legumes- programYouryardcanBEEthechangeh p://bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l � programYouryardcanBEEthechangeh p://bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l � This group is doing exactly that, in Minnesota: Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water® is a public/private partnership promoting native plants, raingardens, shoreline stabilization projects and turf alternatives to reduce runoff and improve water quality. http://bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l http://bwsr.state.mn.us/l2l Lawns to Legumes Whaat??? Why would a homeowner want to replace a perfectly good manicured lawn with native plants that “fix” nitrogen in the soil? Does Maypop Hill have beans, peas, other legumes that make pod-like fruit? Indeed, we do. Manicured lawns? Whaat? Us? left: Coral Bean/Mamou (Erythina herbacea) middle: Blackeyed Peas and green beans right: bee on a White Wild Indigo (Baptisia alba)
  4. 4. 4 / 4 Maypop Hill Nursery & Publications 4979 Spec Garig Rd., Norwood, LA Betty & LJ Miley, specializing in native plants of the South email: maypophill@gmail.com web: maypophill.com Geaux native! A good place to take a pic of a bumblebee  butt is a “swamp leather flower.” Supposedly a wetland plant, this one volunteered on the highest, driest spot on Maypop Hill. Clematis crispa A firefly, or lightning bug, usually eats pollen or nectar, not mulberries Bee seeks Spiderwort pollen Yes, if you put up a birdhouse, they will come to nest, even on your front porch. Bugs and Birds Hooray! for dragonflies and baby birds! Copious rainfall has produced copious mosquitoes, gnats, and other biting no-see-ems (midges). Now that insect eating critters have shown up, we've been scratching less.

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