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Cardinal Flowers

August 8 2017 at 2:23 PM
jp  (Login nalono1)
Hummingbird Member 2005

Took a cool refreshing walk in one of the parks this morning. The cardinal flower was in good bloom and about 6 juvenile hummers feeding and fighting.

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Indy Steve
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Hummingbird lover 2007

Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 8 2017, 9:06 PM 

That truly is a very nice stand of lobelia cardinalis . I have a small patch in my back yard of which hummers use on a daily account.
Steve
Martinsville In.
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Kathi and Michael Rock
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Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 9 2017, 1:33 AM 

jp,

That is an amazingly stunning display!! I would be thrilled to see this in nature---not many people have enough space to grow this much Cardinal Flower. Lucky you and thank you for sharing it with us!!
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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Donald in MN
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 9 2017, 8:33 PM 

JP:

Beautiful picture--thanks for posting. I'm curious--the bed of cardinal flower looks like it is in a municipal park rather than a wild park (mowed lawn surrounding bed, playground in the back). Is that a wild corner of the park, or is it a prepared bed or rain garden that was planted with cardinal flower? I can see what looks like iris in the bed, too. Either way, it is a beautiful sight and would certainly draw the attention of any hummingbird passing by!

Don
Zone 4 Red Wing MN
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Joni
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Hummingbirder 2008

Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 9 2017, 10:08 PM 

That is quite impressive. My cardinalis never survives for long but my behaved siphilitica reseeded quite a bit last year after removing 6 trees near that side. Apparently needed more sun. Bought more cardinalis again & also bought a couple of cheapy 'Starship Deep Rose' to add to the mix.

That stand above appears to be on an incline, maybe in a ditch so they don't have to mow. Quite a good idea.

Joni
Elwood, IL
Zone 5b
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jp
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Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 11 2017, 8:22 PM 

It is in a municipal park. It is like a rain garden, boggy area. I imagine that the city originally planted some and they have reseeded. Is close to lake.

 
 

Kathi and Michael Rock
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Hummingbird Member 2006

Re: Cardinal Flowers

August 12 2017, 1:39 AM 

Cardinal Flower loves our yard and we have 100% return of all plants with some additional reseeding every season. This year has been particularly good with all of the spring rain. This heavy, rich soil has to be good for something!!
Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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