Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For The Love Of Sea Oats


This week Mr.CC and I helped some other owners here at our complex plant 5400 sea oats...now that's a BOATLOAD of plants! All of you know how much I love to play in the dirt...well I love to play in the sand too! We did this so our sand dunes will build back up after the past storms that we have had here on the gulf coast. After all the hard work that was put into this project, I sure hope all vistors will read the signs posted and keep out of this area so the plants will grow. Here is a little info on SEA OATS!

Sea oats grass, Uniola paniculata, is found on beach dunes along the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts and in the West Indies. The grass grows well in the salty, windy environment found in these areas. The grass is important because of its ability to establish itself on beach dunes, stabilizing the dune and preventing erosion. Sea oats grass is considered an endangered species in Louisiana and is protected in Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

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This pic was taken here on the Alabama coast...this is what we want here in front of our complex...wish us luck!


45 comments:

Teri said...

Well how cool is that?! Hope to see a blog later in the year about how fantastic they are doing!

elizabeth said...

Oh I miss the gulf! We used to vacation in Gulf Shores often when our daughter was in college in Pensacola. So many happy memories!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

What a big project!! Hope it works. Love & blessings from NC!

Joy said...

Wow what a lot of work! Thanks for explaining what sea oats grass is. I had no idea; me being from the mid-west. I know what oats is....ha..ha! I hope it grows for you. I would love to see the gulf coast some day :)
Have a great evening.
Joy

Donna said...

You did plant a lot of sea oats! I love the beach. I can't wait to visit in a few months!
Blessings,
Donna

Karena said...

Yes keep the signs up and guard the precious sea oats so they can protect your coast!!

Karena
Art by Karena

afistfullofweeds* said...

Gosh Linda, with the grim forecast for hurricanes, I hope the little boogers make it!!

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Jane said...

That is one ambitious project! Congrats to you and your neighbors for planting all of the sea oats. I hope they thrive!!
Jane

littlethings1 said...

Just beautiful ! You are blessed to live in such a pretty place !
Eunice

Rebecca said...

Hi Linda
I have never heard of sea oats, thanks for the info! It all looks amazing and hard work.
Blessings today
Rebecca

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

What a great project to be a part of! I hope your sea oats thrive!

Judi said...

Very interesting and I think it is wonderful that you take your time to do this ~ would be nice if folks did read the signs and "keep off!" ~ I saw the campaign ad for Gov. who wants to only have the driving test in English!! Judi

red.neck chic said...

Okay - not only am I wishing you luck - but that is the coolest info!!! You know - when I go to the beach I see the grass - but not ONCE has it occurred to me to really think about it! I've gotta go to the beach now...

;-) robelyn

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

What a nice thing to do!! Good luck! ♥

Becca's Dirt said...

Lord knows we don't want to lose anymore of our beaches. Everytime I go to the Gulf or Dauphin Island the beach has changed. Nice that you have taken an interest in doing this. I suppose you are at Gulf Shores from the photos.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Wishing you all the luck with their growth. It will look gorgeous once they have filled in
*hugs*deb

kim said...

That is so nice that y'all help plant those new plants. I know the gulf has taken a beating in the past with those nasty hurricanes and the dunes have been flattened. Hopefully folks will be kind and stay out of that area.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

How sad that you lost so many plants to weather. It would be hard to picture the perfect beach without sand dunes and native grasses, no matter where one lives. It is great that you are working to revitalize your local environment.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I love them and I'm so used to seeing the signs that say touch them, cut them, pick them...whatever. I never thought about the fact that someone had to plant them!

Gay Vaughan said...

Oh Linda, I have been watching the news and just feeling so heartbroken about the spill in my beloved Gulf. I pray that they get it under control before it reaches those pristine shores. Still thinking a beach vacation isn't in the cards for me this summer with the issues I am facing...but my love for the Gulf is still strong and we will be back! For now I am enjoying it through you and your blog and I know that when God allows me to be strong and back to normal, I have a friend with condo connections now!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

WOW, that is a lot of work! Lucky you, sounds like your having a fabulous time!
XO
Kristin

Pamela said...

You have me sooo crying this morning! We are suppose to be heading to the area at the first of June. We LOVE the are and it is yearly tradition to vacation there. Now with the oil spill in the gulf we just are not sure what will become of our plans. What is being said around that area??? Anybody freaking out yet??? We booked back in January and now are afraid to loose our money.

Beckie said...

Wow! What a great blog! Visiting from NFF and now following! Have a great Friday!

Angie said...

Hi, folloing from FF. You know when I think of East Coast beaches Sea Oats in teh sand is the first image that comes to mind. I really love anything coastal so your blog just me just fine!

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Maya said...

So interesting! And I love the look of sea grass too!!

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Creations By Cindy said...

Love the look of sea grass. Be blessed. Cindy

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Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful and generous thing you did planting all of those sea oats! Our daughter did some volunteer work planting grasses along our shoreline here as well, it's such a worthwhile thing to do!

Kat :)

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tales from an oc cottage said...

Someday I will get to the "other" coast and see that sea grass for myself! I have always been so intrigued by it!

m ^..^

Pearl Maple said...

Great project to be replanting the dunes, having lived on the beach most of my life, know that they need every bit of help we can give them.

thedomesticfringe said...

These photos brought me right back to the years I lived in Pensacola, Fl. Boy do I miss those white sandy beaches!

Thank you for stopping by The Domestic Fringe. I appreciate the kind comments for my remade kitchen.
-FringeGirl

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32˙North said...

What a wonderful project to help restore the coast - thanks for telling us about it!

Amanda

Kim said...

Nice job, Linda. We use them here, too. I love how they look.

MessyMissy said...

Good thinking. It's great to see people caring for the natural world around them!!!

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

I never knew those were called sea oats... so pretty! Just remind me of fun-filled beach vacations. Hope they all grow quick! :)

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fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Linda,

I remember planting sea grass as a child each year in March on our shores as 4H projects to protect our dunes and beaches from erosion. Now if only people paid attention to the "Keep off the dunes signs!" I never heard them called sea oats. Is that what sea horses eat? :)

Your Friend,
Deborah

Becca said...

I love sea oats. The beach house we rented recently had a lovely dune covered in them right in front of it. They had to put them in to help rebuild after a hurricane a few years ago. I hope they can make a comeback and get off the endangered list. Thanks for linking up to Beach Week!

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