It’s April, and it’s time to get back out in the garden here in Southern New England, and I don’t just mean we humans. Over the past few weeks, birds, bees, and other insects have been returning or awakening from their winter holidays. It’s not so easy for our pollinating friends to make a go of it in the early season, and of course we continue to make things harder for them as we turn their wild and diverse habitat into new housing developments and paved surfaces. But despite the urban sprawl and unending swaths of lawn, there is something you can do to help. And that brings us to the first ever give away here on Garden Sketches.
Fauna needs flora (sounds like a Franki Valli song from the 60’s…) to survive, just as we need food and water. Providing our birds, bees, butterflies, and our other pollinating friends, is the first step. So, for April, we’re giving away a pollinator garden! That’s right, enough plants to add to your garden (or create a new one if you like), that are beneficial to pollinators. It’s a nice mix of 50 native perennials and grasses that provide sustenance and/or shelter to the working class of our ecosystem throughout the season. The plants will arrive at your doorstep as plugs (see photo), and all you’ll need to do is plant them and give them a little love. Pretty cool , right??
Here are the details:
First, the swag! (Clicking on a plant name will take you to more information)
And now for the rules…
And That’s it!
If you already have a garden full of pollinator friendly plants, then these will be a nice addition. Or give them to a friend and spread the love. Either way you’ll be helping the environment. And tell your friends to stop by and enter too!
Good luck, and I’ll see you in the garden!
As I sit here writing this… it’s snowing. Not quite what we expected here in Southern New England on this first day of spring 2015, but we’ve seen record amounts of snow this winter so what’s one more measly snow event to true blue New Englanders like us. Right? I said, right?? Not to worry though, because despite the depressing thought of shoveling the driveway once again, spring is here and it won’t be long before we’re out primping and preening our gardens .
So, in an effort to lift your weary spirits, I give you the words of Mark Twain and a glorious little photo from a spring gone by.
Enjoy my friends, and get ready for spring, ’cause it’s here!
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!