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Go native: Plant native flowers

The pink blooms of swamp milkweed are favored by several butterfly and pollinator species, while the foliage is a favorite of the monarch caterpillar. Easy to grow, this native milkweed makes a good plant for the back of a flower bed.

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It’s been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.
The yarrow and Autumn Joy sedum are beginning to grow in the Kansas Wetlands Education Center’s wildflower/pollinator garden, which means it will soon be planting time. Gardeners, like farmers, are optimists. Why else would they continue during adverse conditions? At KWEC we’ve battled extreme drought conditions, poor soil and grubs. Although grubs are ...

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