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Susan J Tweit

@celestina89, Sorry to be slow to respond--I've been off working in Yellowstone and away from the internet. The wildflowers in your photo look like Liatris, the native blazing-star, though I don't know which species. You could check the native plant database at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center website and probably ID them there. The site also has propagation information when it's available, but for those I'd guess you'd want to collect seeds in fall and scatter them on your site in sunny areas.

   
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Susan J Tweit

@Janet Kofoed, Lovely pic! Often having a bed on both sides of a walkway ends up crowding the walk so in addition to drawing the eye to your front porch, it looks to me like you gave your yard more spaciousness as well. Good for you!

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celestina89

You are a gem, Susan. Hope your job in Yellowstone went well. Thanks a mil for the "hint" since I had no idea what to put into the search engine at Lady Bird's Center. I began with color but got thousands back. OMGosh. I just put in Liatris and got the family which is aestivalis. Then I looked at a whole lot less photos and came up with Summer gayfeather or Pink-scale gayfeather. And yes, it's also known as Summer blazing star. No wonder I had such a hard time figuring out what it was. It's USDA Native Status L48 (N) or USDA Symbol LIAE3. Not sure what they mean. Adding it to my list for propagation and to see if I can get more of those growing. Thanks again.

BTW, we are closer to finally starting the pond. Stakes are now out for bores and we are looking at several designs for the area. Looks like pond will be between 1/2 & 3/4 acre which suits me just fine. We'll also run a pipe from the well so I can put in an aerator just in case the oxygen gets too low. Deepest part looks to be 12', but the average will be about 8-10'. Hope to start digging in Sept. or Oct.

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