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The Maypop Hill Newsletter
The Maypop Hill Newsletter September
The idea for swept paths in
front of the house was inspired
by Neil Odenwald, the horticulture
professor and co-author with James Turner
of the big green book about Southern Plants.
Before he passed away earlier this year,
Mr. Odenwald had given more speeches
and seminars than you can shake a
roughleaf dogwood branch at.
The advice that impressed many
gardeners was his recommendation to create interesting
walkways to entice people to explore and enjoy original
designs of the homeowner. And so we have.
But, oops, we often forget (or maybe ignore) his advice
to take it easy on the yard art.
Swept yards, by the way, were once common in the South.
Fenced “cottage gardens” kept free range pigs from eating
the vegetables. Lawns and volunteer plants called weeds
were routinely swept away with brooms.
When Maypop Hill went native and started
tinkering with Permaculture, we made some
dramatic changes to the way we use the land.
The homestead still has lots of lawn grass, in the
driveway and areas where people walk.
Since mowing is not as much fun for us as for other
people, we reduced areas that need frequent
St. Augustine grass is not
allowed to grow closer
than 5 or more feet to
the house. That means
no foundation plantings.
Sidewalks and rock or
brick paths touch the
exterior walls, not plants.
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Totally Too Tall?
Goldenrod is one of those important
tall flowers that fall migrating
butterflies and bees depend on for
pollen and nectar.
You can reliably find these
handsome pollinator plants in home
landscapes and rural roadsides.
Yes, readers, that is a joke. People
associate hay fever and sinus
allergies with Goldenrod (Solidago
species), not the real offender, the
homely and inconspicuous
Ragweed. Pinching back tall plants
definitely keeps them shorter.
Trellises prop up the ones that got
too big for their britches.
Maypop Hill's upland prairie is small, an acre or
so, of native grasses and forbs (wildflowers.
It's easy for us to get away with letting wild
things grow all over the place.
What about gardeners who don't have the
space or freedom to grow tall, sprawly plants?
Uh. Well. Uh.
Not an easy solution or one size fits all,
maybe protected pollinator patches in a tiny
place of the yard, creative corners of plantings
that neighbors will appreciate?
This cute little guy
showed up in a hugelkultur
pot of tall native mints.
And so, yes, it can be done.
Even an apartment
dweller with a balcony
can grow a container or two
of pollinator plants to
TITHE TO NATURE.
This ironweed (Vernonia
species) did not fall down after
Hurricane Ida gave us a
glancing blow. Many of the
others, 6+ foot tall, did fall over.
Ironweed may be the best
butterfly magnet for us.
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Shrubs for Summer Shade
and Snazzy Scarlet Style
For many weeks this
a Strawberry Bush
has made beaucoups of
bright red seeds which the
birds have not yet eaten.
We never, however, see
new plants, also called
Wahoo, growing far from the
house, because once deer
find their favorite foliage
food, it soon is
chewed to desuetude.
Turk's Cap Mallow (Malvaviscus arboreus)
under a shortleaf pine tree would make more flowers
if it received more sunlight than it gets now. The
butterflies don't complain though. Hummingbirds also
sip nectar from the upright red blossoms.
We like it because
it blooms from spring to late fall, tolerates drought
is not bothered by deer, and survives its foliage
being eaten by caterpillars, possibly the offspring
of the Turk’s Cap White Skipper.
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Maypop Hill Nursery & Publications
4979 Spec Garig Rd., Norwood, LA
Betty & LJ Miley, specializing in native plants of the South
email: email@example.com web: maypophill.com
Why grow a
Kieffer pear tree?
The good pears make an easy cobbler
Mix a cuppa self-rising flour,
a cuppa milk, a cuppa sugar,
a pincha cinnamon, vanilla extract.
Carefully melt half a cuppa butter in a
baking dish. Pour the batter into the
Add 3 cups of chopped fruit on top, with
a half cuppa chopped pecans and a bitta
brown sugar. Bake 350, about an hour.
The rotting fruit attracts butterflies, gnarly red wasps, chipmunks.
grows in its
cuppa cuppa cuppa cobbler
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Curb Appeal to
Attract Our Favorite
Bugs of Summer
LOCATION – open sunny areas, warm temps, still air
FOOD – flowers! for a list of nectar plants, click on
Putting Nature First pdf
Putting Nature First pdf
and look on page 44.
All year round (it's even possible to spot
overwintering moths and butterflies), gardeners may
find Lepidoptera lovelies lapping up liquid-y tree sap,
as well as icky, rotting, mushy pears, apples,
bananas, oranges, and other fruit.
COLORS – flowers or garden features that appeal
to their ultraviolet range of vision: purple, white, pink,
orange, yellow; they are not as likely to be attracted
to green and blue
Pears that were too
gooey for the