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February 01, 2011

S&K Wildflower Rescue Newsletter

2010 was our first year. We took our little less than an acre of woodland and transformed it into a habitat for many creatures from our plantings of native wildflowers and some other favorite plants we have collected.

For those of you who have visited our website, you know we are a registered National Wildlife Backyard Habitat as well as a North American Butterfly Association Garden. The combination of natives and other fantastic plants have greatly increased birds, butterflies, amphibians and other creatures.

And with so many of these plants going to seed, why not share them with others. So we created a website (not so easy for people who have no idea how to do that sort of thing) and sent it out to the world. With so many Online Nurseries closing their doors, even some famous ones, we were not expecting much, but we were extremely surprised and not really prepared when had orders the first week.

We want to thank all of our customers and their kind words. We hope to provide even more in 2011 through more rescues and collecting.


So what do we have in store for 2011?

For one, this newsletter. We will provide a Newsletter every two months. We hope you will like it.

We also understand that while we love native wildflowers, there are other plants out there that are perfect for the garden and often hard to find.

Primroses

We seem to have our hearts set on plants we find on the web and then cannot locate them for sale at local nurseries or even on the internet. Years ago, we fell in love with Candelabra Primroses when we saw a fantastic display of them at the Strybing Arboretum in San Fransisco. From then on we were hooked. The problem is, they are not commonly available in the nursery trade for some reason. And there are so many amazing species.

We have obtained seed for the following plants and have created a damp area to grow them. If they are successful, we hope to have some available soon for our amazing customers. Keep your fingers crossed.

Primula alpicola

Primula anisodora

Primula beesiana

Primula bulleyana

Primula capitata 'Noverna Deep Blue'

Primula chionantha

Primula cockburniana

Impatiens

Another set of plants where species are rarely found. Though there are many types available that are common bedding plants, the species rarely make an appearance.

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We will have the amazing blue impatiens I. namchabarwensis available again this year as well as our natives. But we have located a collector who we hope will provide us with seed for some incredible species. Though not hardy in cold regions, these plants should be going to work


January-February Favorite Plant


The Spring Ephemerals

OK, your asking what the heck is an ephemeral? Basically, its the plants in early Spring that bloom early and by the time summer has arrived, most if not the entire plant is no longer to be found. They consist of some amazing woodland plants that appear prior to the leaves on our local trees as they need to take advantage of the sun through leafless limbs in order to flower, set seed and reproduce.

The can often colonize large areas. If you are lucky enough to have a woodland garden, large colonies of Spring Beauties, Wild Leeks, Wood Anemones, Bloodroot, Trillium, Trout Lilies and May-Apples make a wonderful addition to the landscape. Spring Beauties look great in the lawn in early spring if you have and area that does not need to be mowed right away. All look great under Apple Trees, Cherry and Plum trees. Their blooms are just as appealing as the blooms on the trees.

Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers limited lifespan and need to flower and reproduce in an approximate 2 month period make them very susceptible to habitat loss and predators such as deer. There are more deer in New Jersey than any time in history due to the loss of predators and the restrictions on hunting. Their damage can be devastating to any garden but these wildflowers cannot recover from deer.

Our ability to rescue these plants is limited due to the same reason. We focus on these plants in late March through May as they may not be visible by June and therefore a victim of the bulldozer if not caught early. All of our first two rescues have some of these species ready for rescue. One property has hundreds of some of these plants in several amazing colonies.

Just because these plants have a limited visibility in the garden they should not be removed from your "wish list". They bring early spring color to any garden, are important food sources for bees as they emerge from the cold winter as well as a few early butterflies if weather is warm. Mix them with other plants and they will blend and disappear with Ferns, Wood Poppies, Lady Slippers, Wild Ginger, Columbine, Cohosh, White Baneberry, Bleeding Heart in a Woodland Garden.


Be A Wildflower Rescue Partner

While we would love to keep all open space in the Northeast as it is, open. We understand that this is not possible. So prior to construction we rescue any possible plants from lots throughout New Jersey.

If you are a Realtor, Landowner, Developer or Retail outlet that promotes the rescue of Wildflowers through referrals or partnering with us or other organizations, we would be glad to enter your information on our website for FREE. Contact us through our email address at

SKWildflowerrescue@verizon.net

and we will reply to you in order to get specific information for the website page.

Help Rescue Wildflowers

We are constantly looking for lots that are soon to be under construction. But we can always use your help. If you have a lot or know of a lot, contact us at

SKWildflowerrescue@verizon.net.

Enter your name and lot location and the best way to contact you and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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