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Old Tuesday 10th March 2009, 14:43
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You know what? My grandmother (born in 1901) always had a yard full of flowers and very little lawn. In the spring, her lawn was a carpet of violets. I'd go out and lay in them and smell them. It was absolute heaven on earth! Then, I'd pick violets until I could barely hold them all and it looked like I hadn't picked a one there were so many of them! My grandmother would put my pickings in a special little vase. She told me that when she was a little girl people didn't have lawns or lawn mowers and to keep from having noxious weeds and dirt, they planted their lawns solid in flowers and in ground covering plants. Isn't that cool?

We live in an area where growing grass is an exercise in futility. I even have a wildflower in my yard that isn't supposed to grow south of Tennessee! Well, guess what?!

My mother and aunt collect wildflowers and grow them in their yards as they both live on mountain sides or tops and to be honest, nothing grows better than the wildflowers and they are free and abundant! They have had some exciting wildflower adventures, too.

Sorry to be so long winded. I seem to need to "talk" today!
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Old Saturday 14th March 2009, 21:45
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If I got rid of all the wild flowers I wouldn't have a lawn

Our lawn, if you can call it that is the same as yours, Judi, it's also full of moss. The birds collect it to line their nests. I would love to let it grow & not mow it, but OH likes a tidy lawn, ever if it isn't of billiard table quality.
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