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leaflady
Mar 2, 2011 7:59 PM CST
Name: leaflady
planet earth
Love the sinner, hate the sin
The salvia family is huge & I wonder if the ban will only be on one branch or cultivar of the family.

Gill Over The Ground is the other ground cover I love so much. Both it and Henbit have strong stringent odors that only bees seem to be attracted to. I wonder what the honey would taste like.
Imagegardengus
Mar 2, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5a
Truth is worth finding
The laws that have been passed and are pending are only on Salvia Divinorum. It is a medicinal herb that has been around for a very long time, recent abuse has prompted this action in some states.
It is not the salvia we grow for the flowers in our gardens Smiling
ImageSteven
Mar 2, 2011 10:11 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Thanks for clearing that up Cinda. I was already planning on stashing my seeds away somewhere Whistling
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mekos
Mar 2, 2011 10:13 PM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Yes thanks, I was worried, I had seeds to plant and really wanted to grow them. The news didn't specify when I watched it, just said salvia.
Imagegardenersdetective
Mar 2, 2011 10:57 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Good to see you Mekos.
Imagewildflowers
Mar 3, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
hi everyone! so nice to see you....it's spring and time to get outside & in the gardening mode! yeay!

ladyleaf, thank you for stopping by & sharing! i also love seeing all the low growing spring flowers; henbit, bluettes, spring beauties, and the others...they should be arriving here any day!

steven, have you ever tried diatomaceous earth? i use it sometimes to control aphids, its a natural way but use sparingly because it affects the exoskeletal of insects & don'tr want the beneficials harmed! last year there were some ants farming the aphids on the mountain mint-a native plant that i love..anyway, i dusted the entire stems w/diatomaceous earth and when i checked the very next day, they were all gone, the aphids and the ants!! the plant flourished!

hey mekos! nice to see you here! Hurray! i've seen and heard talk about salvias being used to get high Blinking and other plants too! some of them are native wildflowers, i think, which makes me wonder how in the world can it be deemed illegal...i mean, it grows wild, like on its own??? crazy laws, IMO.

interesting gg, I've noticed that there are some other old time medicinal herbs that are now concidered illegal or harmful, or for whatever reason no longer considered medicine?? like the salvias, lots of things can be bad in excess!


FAITH over fear!

mekos
Mar 3, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Name: Jan - INKY'S PAL Charleys Girl
NEWBEE CHAT & HELP LINE
I'm a Charley's girl and loving it!
Well I guess I am just dense but I never heard of these things before. I couldn't imagine smoking my plants! Blinking
I sowed a few seeds a couple days ago. Got lots more to do but not enough time, I am trying to do a few of my favorites but am afraid we will get more freezing weather and it will hurt them if I forget to bring them inside. So I am being slow with all I have on my mind right now.
Glad you are feeling better Christine. Maybe someone will help you with your gardens till your arm heals. I sure feel for you. It is so nice outside here, I so wish I could be out there sowing seeds and planting new plants.
ImageSteven
Mar 3, 2011 12:18 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Hi Christine! What is the easiest way to dust plants with the diatomaceous earth? Maybe if I put a sheet down ont he grund that would stop it from getting in the soil? I would hate to harm the beneificial insects or earthworms Confused Advice is needed, last fall you couldn't even see the stems on the milkweed just the bright orange aphids covering the entire stems!

I'm planning on sowing some Salvias either today or tomorrow. Starting with S. azurea which apparently blooms first year! Thumbs up

Hope you are feeling better!
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Imagewildflowers
Mar 3, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
thanx everyone.. dh has been working the soil for me, he's not real big on gardening, just enjoys the fruits, veggies an herbs of my labor! Hilarious!

steven, there are various ways to spread D. earth, but 1st make sure you get garden grade that's not treated & not the same as the pool grade of D. earth. sometimes, like w/the aphids that i can see on my plant, i'll put on a rubber glove and apply directly on the aphids and stems/leaves of the plant. in pots, sprinkle directly on the soil, maybe swirl in a bit. just remember it loses its effectiveness when wet, so apply between waterings. and it does NOT hurt the earthworms. Hurray!
FAITH over fear!

Imagechelle
Mar 3, 2011 5:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Oh, thanks Christine. I'd never used it 'cause I was worried about my wormy friends. Now, I can use some around my streaked hostas! They're the only ones bothered by the slugs here. For whatever reason they don't eat the greens or blues.
ImageSteven
Mar 4, 2011 2:45 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Thanks so much Christine! I get it now, since its not effective when wet it wont affect the worms Whistling I was a little slow on that one. I was just looking at a couple sites selling heirloom flowers and veggies which makes me remember how much I really don't want to lose the milkweeds since they are so beneficial, I eventually want to get away from most of the over hybridized/overbred modern flowers and vege. Over the next few years I have the feeling I wll be less "flower focused" and more "food focused" growing heirloom veggies.
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