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Rather than have a large patch of grass in their Whonnock backyard, Paul and Gloria Stanley decided to plant wildflowers. After several months of leaving it covered with black plastic to kill off any vegetation that remained after being plowed, they finally got to sow their wildflower seeds. “Even though we had an extremely wet spring, the long hot summer seemed to suit these plants well,” said Paul. “No watering was necessary and it proved to be popular with a variety of insects, feeding off of the pollen. Different varieties of flowers provided a constant source of food for small visitors.” They still had flowers blooming in the last week of October - before the stormy weather arrived. (Special to The News)

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