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Published: 7/31/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago


Weed It And Reap: 7-31

The native plants and prairie preserve of Eileen and Seamus Metress in Toledo, Ohio on July 25, 2013. Over the past 10 years, the Metresses have developed their nearly two acres into a native plant, prairie preserve that attracts butterflies, birds, and native pollinators. CLICK ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND START SLIDESHOW.

Seamus Metress in Toledo, Ohio on July 25, 2013. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Seamus Metress in Toledo, Ohio on July 25, 2013.
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Sweet Pepper Bush is a great pollinator plant that attracts large numbers of native bees as well as hummingbirds and butterflies, and offers a fruit eaten by birds and mammals. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sweet Pepper Bush is a great pollinator plant that attracts large numbers of native bees as well as hummingbirds and ...
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Joe-Pye weed, at left, and sweet pepper bush, rear. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Joe-Pye weed, at left, and sweet pepper bush, rear.
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Grey-headed coneflower and a bit of New England aster, front. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Grey-headed coneflower and a bit of New England aster, front.
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Milkweeds, including swamp, butterfly, common, prairie, and whorled, create a Monarch waystation on the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Milkweeds, including swamp, butterfly, common, prairie, and whorled, create a Monarch waystation on the Metress' land.
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Milkweeds, including swamp, butterfly, common, prairie, and whorled, create a Monarch waystation on the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Milkweeds, including swamp, butterfly, common, prairie, and whorled, create a Monarch waystation on the Metress' land.
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Wild bergamot, lower left, and grey-headed coneflower, two plants native to the Oak Openings area. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Wild bergamot, lower left, and grey-headed coneflower, two plants native to the Oak Openings area.
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Grey-headed coneflower. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Grey-headed coneflower.
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Sunlight-dappled wild bergamot amongst the grey-headed coneflower. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sunlight-dappled wild bergamot amongst the grey-headed coneflower.
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Wild bergamot and the flowering Grey-headed coneflower. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Wild bergamot and the flowering Grey-headed coneflower.
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Wild bergamot in front of the gold of the flowering Grey-headed coneflower. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Wild bergamot in front of the gold of the flowering Grey-headed coneflower.
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Eileen Metress. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Eileen Metress.
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The yellow blooming grey-headed coneflower with false boneset, lower left, New England aster, lower center, daisy fleabane, and blue mist flower, in front. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The yellow blooming grey-headed coneflower with false boneset, lower left, New England aster, lower center, daisy fleabane, and blue ...
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Purple coneflower, front and wild begamot. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Purple coneflower, front and wild begamot.
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The cup plant, so named because birds drink water from the cups formed by the leaves. Goldfinches like the seeds, and many birds will rest among the the leaves because of the growth habit of the plant, which creates dense colonies. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The cup plant, so named because birds drink water from the cups formed by the leaves. Goldfinches like the seeds,...
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A native prairie area at the Metress' home in Toledo. Grey-headed coneflower, left, and, Tall Coreopsis, at right. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A native prairie area at the Metress' home in Toledo. Grey-headed coneflower, left, and, Tall Coreopsis, at right.
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Wild bergamot and guest. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Wild bergamot and guest.
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Ironweed, a beautiful native plant which grows tall with purple flowers in late summer. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ironweed, a beautiful native plant which grows tall with purple flowers in late summer.
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A section of the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the Metress' land.
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A section of the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the Metress' land.
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A section of the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the Metress' land.
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A purple coneflower, left, with wild bergamot. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A purple coneflower, left, with wild bergamot.
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A section of the Metress' land. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the Metress' land.
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A section of the Metress' preserve. Lillies, at left, remain from the previous English garden that had been planted before the natives. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A section of the Metress' preserve. Lillies, at left, remain from the previous English garden that had been planted before ...
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