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Creating a Wildflower Habitat for Butterflies!

Last fall I received an e-mail from Roy Deboer, expressing his interest in a wildflower planting at his local church in New Jersey. One of their objectives was to create a habitat for attracting butterflies and there is no better way that with a wildflower meadow. Coincidentally, we sell a lot of seed to churches [...]

July 7, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · 2 Comments
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Anyone seen a Titleist in here?

I love this time of year as I begin to get calls and photos with updates on wildflower meadows around the country. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would share a few favorites that I’ll be updating throughout the season! About 10 years ago I received a call from Jeff Brown, owner of [...]

June 24, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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We all like a little instant gratification once in a while!

When it comes to gardening and wildflowers, patience is our friend.  We’re also always looking for low maintenance, hardy plants that will come back season after season and last for the next 10 years.  Most would classify these as perennials.  What we usually forget is that from seed, perennials need to winter over after germinating [...]

June 3, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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Caveat emptor – The Best way to spend $9.95!

I was attending a lecture recently from a botany professor at the local university. My ears perked when the topic of wildflowers came up. He showed some slides, talked about some ideas for incorporating wildflowers into landscapes and then proceeded to tell people to look for, “those meadows in a can”. Boy was I really [...]

May 26, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · 4 Comments
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The Seed Man Says, “Go Jump in a Lake”

As we rise from our winter slumber, Mother Nature treats us with blasts of spring warmth that awaken our gardening senses. At American Meadows, our phones start ringing with questions from gardeners all across the country ready to get their hands dirty!

As the air temperatures begin to warm, we’ve prepared an area for a wildflower planting, got our seed down and anticipate quick germination and flowers shortly after. Or you may have planting in the fall for early spring color.

May 11, 2010 · Mike Lizotte · Comments Closed
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Grow it, don’t mow it

by Guest Columnist, garden writer Suzanne DeJohn Many Americans spend at least a few hours every weekend maintaining their lawns. Wouldn’t you rather be lounging in a hammock sipping lemonade and surrounded by beautiful (and low-maintenance) flower gardens? Over the last 50 years, as supermarket foods became more affordable, suburban American landscapes went from places [...]

April 22, 2010 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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Go with nature’s flow–plant Wildflower Seeds this fall.

Two Great Articles with more Info: Why Many Experts think Fall Planting is Best.    Late planting dates for Seeds and Bulbs, by region. SALE NOW: We’ve just added our “Fall Maximum Mix” which is a big bargain every fall.  This year, it contains a whopping 43 species, and is great for all regions.  Best of all, it compares to [...]

August 19, 2009 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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It’s Wildflower Seed Planting Time!

Late May and early June is a major time for planting wildflower seeds over most of the country.  If you’re installing a meadow or wildflower border, take a look at our “How to Create your own Wildflower Meadow” –it’s the most complete and authoritative how-to on the web.  You’ll find it’s all easy, but there are a [...]

May 27, 2009 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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Wow! Look at those Wildflowers!

Recently, Johnny Scott in upstate New York sent us photos of the seeding he did this spring along the driveway into his church compound.  His Success Story and all his photos are now featured with the others in our “Member’s Meadows” Index at AmericanMeadows.com.  Mr. Scott planted

August 8, 2008 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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Mowing down your meadow

If you haven’t already, it’s time to mow. The later you wait, the more ripened seeds your mowing will “plant” from the late wildflowers, such as wild sunflowers and the native asters. Of course, the later you mow, the more rotten the weather. But fall mowing is important, since it efficiently removes brush and flails [...]

November 5, 2005 · Ray Allen · Comments Closed
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