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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
The members of Heritage Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, have a whole new area on the church property to enjoy! Betty Anne Butler, a church member who loves wildflowers, and is a long-time friend of American Meadows, donated the seed as a memorial to her dad. Then the planting was a church project, enjoyed by a group of volunteers, including the pastors, creating a wildflower preserve on an expanse of land adjoining the church parking lot.
Today, the meadow is in full bloom, and enjoyed by not only the church congregation, but also by thousands of passers-by, since the church is on a major thoroughfare.
The mixture planted included mostly tough native perennials that would be happy with the extreme heat, mild winters and light soils of the Gulf Coast. Most successful were(G. aristata) and (C. lanceolata), plus annual (P. drummondii), which is native to Texas but has become naturalized in areas of Florida.
Plans are now being made to further develop the meadow area with more wildflower species and perhaps a nature walk with benches.
The top photo shows the entire expanse of the large meadow during mid-April.
Second photo shows the healthy bloom of Perennial(G. aristata), a wonderful native species that adds great color and has a long season of bloom. Common names are Firewheel, Indian Blanket and Blanket Flower. The yellow flowers in the photo are (C. lanceolata), another tough native species and . The meadow also has bloom of several annuals including red , (P. drummondii) and Sweet Alyssum.
The third photo shows the pastors who led the project: That is Pastor Jerald Manley on the right, and Asst. Pastor Jody Wolf at left.
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