Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wildflower Wednesday Celebration: January, 2013

Last fall (sometime in September, 2012) I got a delivery of native plants that I had ordered through my affiliation with the Audubon of Northern Virginia's 'Audubon at Home' program, where I volunteer as an 'At-Home Ambassador'.  Serving as an Ambassador includes connecting with individuals in my community and sharing how to create natural habitats in their yards. We visit community properties, both private and commercial, and do a walk-through with the owners,  encouraging things like conserving water (ie: using rain barrels), removing invasives and replacing with native species, and reducing and/or eliminating pesticides and chemicals. If the property owners are really motivated, they set out to become certified with Audubon's 'Wildlife Sanctuary Program' as a Certified Wildlife Sanctuary. For me, this all came about as part of my local Master Gardener involvement. Last year, the Master Gardeners in my area and Audubon of Northern Virginia formed an alliance, establishing a relationship that opened up opportunities for many of us to become Ambassadors. I have enjoyed this added dimension to my Master Gardener involvement. I am going to talk more about this wonderful program in future posts, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, let's get on with the native plant delivery, which you can see part of on my driveway, below.

Believe it or not, that photo isn't even all of them! There were some resting on either side of my driveway, as well. You see, not all of these natives were for me alone. I had ordered them for three other 'habitats' that I had certified as Wildlife Sanctuaries. Two yards were local individuals, each of whom purchased five natives a piece, and one was for a local church, where five natives were also ordered. The program doesn't often include opportunities to purchase and deliver the native plants; usually we offer recommendations to the property owners based on what sort of wildlife and/or pollinators they would like to attract to their yards. But sometimes Audubon of No. Va. is able to arrange a sale, and this was one of those times. Three plants native to our area of VA (including ground covers and vines) and two seedlings (including trees and shrubs) were offered as a package for shady areas or sunny areas. Audubon's local 'source' for the natives was Earth Sangha in Fairfax, VA.  Below is the list of plants we were given to choose from (I have placed a * on those I already had or a * on those just added):

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)*
Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)*
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)*
Narrow-leaved Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium)*
Three-lobed Coneflower (Rudbekia triloba)*
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbekia hirta)*
Dwarf Goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)*
Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)*
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) shrub*
Black Chokeberry (Photinia melanocarpa) shrub*
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) vine*

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)*
Mist Flower (Conoclinium coelestinum)*
White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata)*
Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)*
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)*
Golden Ragwort (Packera aurea)*
Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)*
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)*
Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) shrub*
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) shrub*
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) shrub*

In future posts I'll share some of the plants that I chose and a bit about each of them as they bloom throughout the upcoming seasons. I am linking to Gail's Clay and Limestone blog, for her monthly meme, Wildflower Wednesday. Stop over and see what other plants native-enthusiasts are sharing on the first Wildflower Wednesday this January 23, 2013.      

What gifts have you discovered today? Until next time,

Words and photos ©Thanks for today.™, by Jan Huston Doble @

Not to be reproduced or re-blogged without express permission of the author.


  1. Jan, Love this post~I've learned about a very cool program and get to see your fab wildflower order. Starting a similar program in Nashville would be something the master Naturalists might want to consider. Way cool. Happy WW! gail

    1. Thank you, Gail ;) At least two of our local Master Naturalists are also At-Home-Ambassadors, having completed the Audubon training at an earlier time, and they actually join with us Master Gardeners when we have our Aud. meetings. Some of our MG's are MN's...there is some overlap:) I want to do the MN training at some point but for now this is about all I can handle:) The Audubon at Home program isn't all over, it's only in areas where there is enough volunteer interest to have the program. So maybe you could help get something started in your area!

  2. That Audubon at Home program sounds like SO much fun! I know you are a good ambassador for native plants. It would be neat if TN had something like that.

    1. Thank so much, has been fun! You and Gail should look into forming a group in TN :)

  3. What a great program. When I saw your plant delivery I thought - That woman must have a gigantic garden! - before reading that you were sharing between several properties. I grow almost all those natives in my garden here in Oakville, Ontario and count on them to perform no matter what kind of summer we get. These natives have earned a spot in my garden and deserve to be grown more widely.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Barbara. I actually did get 3 orders for there were quite a few to plant! I have about 1/3 acre to work with (that includes both front and back). Definitely not as much room as I'd like...but it's amazing what you can fit in if you want something badly enough;)

  4. What ba great program and so many great plants...can't wait to see more of them

    1. It is a really great program Donna :) It's not 'national' though, so it requires people to show an interest and start individual programs in their own areas. I'll try to be a better blogger this year and write about my plants! Thanks again for visiting!

  5. What nice collections of plants! It sounds like a neat program, and a great way to encourage native plantings.

    1. It is a neat program, Beth...encouraging people to think about 'habitat' for critters as well as taking measures to protect the environment.

  6. How nice to team up with the Audubon Society. I wonder if SC has a group that would be interested in teaming up with our MG group.
    What a great collection of plants Jan, just lovely.

    1. Thanks Janet. It will be a long while before any of the seedlings do much of anything! But the plants should bloom in the spring, summer or fall so I'll get 'some' gratification! The AAH program seems to be only in select areas, and I'm not really sure why. Probably has a lot to do with volunteer interest, and time commitments to the program. I'll be interested to hear whether there's anything like it near you.

  7. Sounds like a great program. I'm a fan of native plants.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Linda. The program isn't specifically about native plants, per se, but they do enter into the picture when we start thinking about how to attract various critters and also, how to provide the best source of food for them. Not to mention how to help the environment in a sustainable way:) Maybe you can see if your area could get one started?!

  8. What a great partnership, I'm going to tell our local county master gardeners about this!
    Looking forward to hearing how your natives grow this season.

    1. Thanks Heather. I love your natives :) You have such great knowledge and I like how you share so much of it. It's worth checking into the program. It's definitely up to each chapter to decide how they wish to operate. Our area certainly is fortunate to have this arrangement, I will say that. Best of luck!!


Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Post Topics

17 year Cicadas...Enough Already! 2011 Official Post 2012 4th of July collage 5-lined skink A Certain Kind of Light A Cozy Fire A Dusting of Snow A Family Meal A Hawkish Tale A Little Bit of Winter A Visit From Miss Glad on Blooming Friday A Visit With The Queen A Warm Cup of Tea Acorns African Violets African Violets:Kitty Style Agastache Allium Am I too late for GBBD Amaryllis Amazing Zinnias American Beautyberry American Hazelnut American Lady American Robin Anemone Anenome Anglewings Anise Hyssop Another Birthday aphids April 2010 April blooms Arbor Day Are Words Really Necessary? Artemesia Asarum Asclepias Asiatic lilies Aster Aster Yellows Audubon-at-Home August 2009 GBBD August 2013 Autumn Autumn Reflections Awards Awesome Azaleas Azalea on Ice;Picture This Photo Contest;Winter's Beauty Azaleas Azealea Back Yard Backyard Bird Series backyard birds Backyard Makeover Bald Eagles Balloon Flower Bee Collage Bee-Balm Bees Bees Busily Buzzing on Blooms Before and After Being Settled berries Big Eyes Bird Collage Bird Conversations Bird Itch Birdfeeding Birds Birds Before Blooms Birthday Books Black Swallowtail Black Swallowtail Butterflies Black Swallowtail butterfly cats Blackeyed Susan Bleeding Heart Blog Anniversary Blogger blogging blogging friends Blogiversary Blooming Friday Blotanical Blotanical awards Blotanical's 2009 Best Virginia Award Blue Blooms Bluebeard Bluebird Bluebird Fledglings Bluebird in Snow Botanical Interests Boulder Bouquet of the Month:April 2010 Bouquet of the Month:March 2010 Bright Flowers broad-winged damselfly Brown Creeper Brunnera Buddleia Bugbane Bulbs BulbsSproutinginPot Bumblebees Butterflies BUTTERFLIES LIVE Butterfly on Salvia Butterfly weed Calorie-Free Candy Camera-less in April Can You Guess What This Is? Can You Please Identify Me Can't Get Enough Cosmos Cancer Experience Cardinal Cardinal (Female) Cardinal (Male) Cardinal Flower Carolina Wren Carolyn's Shade Gardens Carpenter Bees Carpet Rose Caryopteris Caryopteris x clandonensis Catmint Cedar Waxwing CedarWaxwing celandine poppy Celebrate Your Freedom Cercis canadensis Certified Wildlife Sanctuary Chelone Cherry Blossoms Chickadee Chris McLaughlin Christmas Fern Christmas Rose Chrysanthemum Cicada's Ahead of Schedule Cicada's May 2009 Cicadas May 2013 Cinquefoil Clematis CobraHead Collage Collages Columbine Common Buckeye Common Whitetail dragonfly Composter Coneflower Containers Cooper's Hawk Coral Red Honeysuckle Coreopsis Corona Corydalis Cosmos Covered Hellebore Plants Cozy and Warm Cranberrybush Vibernum Crepe Myrtle Crested Iris Crocus Crocus 'Romance' Crow Cut Flowers From My Garden Cutleaved Coneflower Daffodil Daffodils dainty blue flowers Dayflower Daylilies December 2010 December Birds Deer Poop Desert Island Plant Challenge Desperate for Color on Bloom Day Devastation in the Garden Devotion Dicentra Digitalis purpurea Does This Outfit Make Me Look Fat? Dogs Dragonflies Dragonfly or Damselfly Dried Blooms ducklings Dutchman's Breeches Dwarf Nandina Dwarf Sumac e-Bird e.e.cummings e.e.cummings:i thank You God for most this amazing Earth Day Eastern Bluebird Eastern Comma butterfly Eastern Redbud Eastern Tiger Swallowtail eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly Ebony Jewelwing Echinacea Elderberry Emily Dickinson End of the Line Epimedium Euphorbia Evening Primrose facebook Faith Fall Color Project Feasting on Seeds Feb 2010 GBBD Feb 2010 monster storm Feeling Blue Feeling Blue? Finch Fire Pink First Day of April First Snow First Snowfall Project Fiskars Flame Azalea Flat Tire Basket Flick'r photo large sizes Floral Collages Focal Black and White photo Foliage-Followup Forsythia Fourth of July Foxglove Foxy in November Free Will Friends Fritillaria Frozen Blooms Galanthus Garden Garden Blessings Garden Blogger Bloom Day:November 2008 Garden Blogger Muse Day November 2009 Garden Blogger Muse Day:December 2008 Garden Blogger's Bloom Day:January 2009 Garden Bloggers Garden Bloggers Bloom Day Garden Bloggers Muse Day Garden Bloggers Muse Day (April 2009) Garden Bloggers Operation Christmas Child Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day Garden Bloggers' Muse Day: June 2009 Garden Books Garden Give Away Garden Give Aways Garden Give-Aways Garden Product Give Away Gardening Gone Wild photography contest Gardening Nude Gardening-by-Letter project GardenShoesOnline Garter Snake Ingests Toad GBBD Febrary 2009 GBBD July 2009 GBBD June 2010 GBBD March 09 GBBD:December 2008 GBMD May 2009 GBMD:January 2009 Geese in a Row--and Ducks too Giant Hyssop Give-Away Winner Gladiola Gloves Go Native Goblins and Pumpkins and Snakes oh my God in the Garden Golden Groundsel Goldenglow Goldenrod Goldfinch Goodbye March Graham Rice Gramma's Afghan Grapes Grasshopper Grateful Great Backyard Bird Count Great House Plant Census of 2010 Green and Gold Green Cure fungicide Hairy Woodpecker Happy Father's Day Haven Brand Manure Tea Hawk hawks Heated Birdbath Heather Heliopsis Heliotrope Hellebore Hellebore Collage HelleboreHover Hellebores Hellebores Book Give-Away Helleborus Helleborus niger Help Identify Animal Tracks Henry David Thoreau: Hepatica Heron Heuchera High School Orchestra Concert Highbush Blueberry Hip Mountain Mama Holiday Stress Holiday stress: How Much is Self-Imposed Holly Honored and Humbled Hornworms House Finch Hummingbird Clearwing Hyacinth Hyacinths Hylotelephium I Am Truly Thankful! I'm a bit Bee-hind Iberis Ice on Stream Ice Storm Ilex Impatiens Indentifying Butterflies Iris Iris reticulata It's Here Its Grown On Me Jacob's Ladder January 2010 snow January 2011 January 2013 Japanese Anemone Joe Pye Weed John Keats July garden 2010 Junco June 19th 2009 Just Be Gardens Kerria Kerria-Japanese Rose Keter Dynamic Composter Kombi Ladybird Johnson Lake Anna Lake Anna June 2009 Lake Vacation Lamium Lantana Late to the Party Again lavender Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Leyland Cypress Liatris Life Experiences Light Lilac Bush Limestone Liriope Liverwort Lobelia Lonicera sempervirens Luna the Greyhound Lungwort Lyme Disease Lyme Disease has gone to my Head Macro in a Mason Jar Mallard ducks March Birthday Bloggers March GBBD mention master gardener May 2010 May Apple Meaning Memorial Day 2010 Memories Mertensia Mid Summer's Eve Mid-June Blooms MidMarch Blooms and Foliage Milkweed Miniature Dachshund mishmash wednesday Mistflower Mites Monarchs Monarchs and Milkweed Monarda Monkshood Monthly Garden Bouquet Moon More April Bouquets Morning Light Mountain Laurel Mourning Doves MuhlyGrass Mums Muscari Muscle My Cat Smokie My Daughter My Dog James My Family My FIRST Enlarged Photo My Husband My Mother My Son My Yard Mystery Tracks Nandina Nandina berries National Cherry Blossom Festival Native Ginger Native Honeysuckle native plants Natural Habitat Nepata New York Fern Non-Natives Northern Flicker Not The Best Notecards November 2009 GBBD Now that's an 'ice picture Obedient Plant Oct 2008 GBBD Almost Ready Oct 2009 October 2009GBBD Of Gloves and Shovels Oh Say Can You See Okay so who or what is eating my plants Oliver Herford:I Heard a Bird Sing Operation Christmas Child Pain Management Techniques Pansies Pansy paperwhites Pay It Forward Project Pay-It-Forward gift-giving exchange Peanut Feeder Peonies by Mary Oliver Peony Perennials Perennials in my garden Perovskia Personal Poetry Personal Poetry: Petunia Phlox Phlox paniculata photo contest Photography Contests phytoplasma Pieris Pieris Japonica Pileated Woodpecker Pine Siskin Pink Azalea Pink Peony Planting Natives Plants on Ice Poetry Pollinators Polymonium Pond Critters Poppy Potentilla Potomac River Pretty Pink Peony Has Popped Prize Winners Product Reviews Project FeederWatch Pulmonaria Pumpkin Carving Purple Coneflower Purpose Questionmark butterfly radishes Rain Rain Barrel Rainbarrel Rainbow Project Rainy Days Raspberry and Lemon Sherbet Reasons I Garden red admiral Red Winged Blackbird Red-Bellied Woodpecker Red-Spotted Purple Red-winged Blackbird Redbud Relaxing Remember Renee's Garden Revised GBBD February 15 Richmond VA Robert Frost Robin Robin'sNestingPlace Rock Soapwort Rock Solid RockSoapwort Roly-Poly Squirrel Rose hips Roses Roses with Thorns Rosy Maple Moth Rudbeckia Rudbeckia lanciniata Russian Sage S.A.D. Salvia Salvia greggi Samuel Taylor Coleridge:The Nightengale Sanguinaria Scilla Seagulls Seasonal Affective Disorder Security Blanket Sedum Sedum Autumn Joy Seed Planting Experiment Seed Starter System Seed-Planting Experiment#1 Seed-Planting Experiment#2 Seed-Planting Experiment#2 (cont.) Seeds Sense of Humor September blooms September Blooms:A Series of Surprises September Surprises #3 Serviceberry Shades of Blue Shady Gardener:Gladsome Be? sharing Sharp-shinned Hawk Shawna Coronado Shirl's Garden Watch Siberion Buglose Skink Slaty Skimmer dragonfly Snake Snake skin Snow Snow in Spring Snowdrop Anenome Snowdrops Snowstorm Solomon's Seal Sounds of the Birds Speedwell Spicebush Swallowtail Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly cats spicebush swallowtail caterpillar Spider Webs Spiderwort sprained ankle Spring Buds and Bulbs Spring Has Sprung Spurge Squirrel Squirrels stainless steel water bottle Standard Poodle Starling Steam on Fence Strawberries Succulents Summer Flowers SunRays Sunrise Sustainable Living project Swallowtail Butterflies Sweaters Hoods and Coats Sweet Allysum Sweet William Teacup and Teapot Tete-a-Tete Thank You to Phillip Thanksgiving The Best Christmas Gifts The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hellebores The GGW photo contest I 'almost' entered on time The Multi-Hued Greens of Spring The Ocean The Seed Keeper Company The Sun Shines at Night The Thrush This Ain't No April Fools Joke This aMayzing Day Thyme Tiarella Titmouse Toad Lily Tools Toulouse goose Tradescantia Tree Sparrow Trees Trillium Trout Lily Tufted Titmouse Tulips Tulips in Spring Tulips on Thursday Turtle Crossing turtle garden Turtlehead TX-Bluebonnet Umbrella VA Gardener Magazine Valentine's Display variegated foliage Verbena Veronica Vinca Violas Virginia Bluebells Virginia Gardener Magazine Wake Robin Walt Whitman:Miracles Washington DC Water Fountain Water Garden Waterfall/Stream WBBS Wednesday Words Weeping Willow West County Gardener What Are You Waiting For What d'ya think Janet What's Happening? What's New in November White Embden geese White Peony White-Breasted Nuthatch Wild Geranium Wild Ginger Wildflower Wednesday Wildflowers Will the Real Turtle Please Come Out William Wordsworth William Wordsworth:The Daffodil's Willow Leaved Sunflower Window; Death; Personal Photography Winter I Am So Over You Winter is for the Birds Winter Light Winter Solstice winter storm slide-show Winter Walk-Off 2014 Winterberry Witch Hazel Woodfern Woodland Pinkroot Woodpecker WORDLESS Friday Wordless Wednesday: Wren X-Rated Yellow but not Mellow Yesterday and Today Zinnia Zinnia Bud (Plan B)