May is one busy month, isn’t it?! Anyone with a garden is lucky to have time to do anything else, but nearly every group, organization and individual has something special to do or celebrate in May as well.
For example, the North Carolina Native Plant Society’s Spring Trip was last weekend. The wildflowers are blooming along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and we spent some happy hours meandering the trails, not taking for granted the incredible diversity of plants in those ancient hills.
And Sunday was Mother’s Day! I had missed the Wing Haven Gardeners Garden Tour and the Herb Society of America’s conference in Williamsburg due to the NCNPS trip, but still got to visit with my mother, eat fried chicken and homemade potato salad, read plant-themed Mother’s Day cards, and FaceTime with my older children! That’s what counts, right?
Senior prom for my youngest child—the blondie on the right—was Saturday night. Aren’t they a cute couple? Dinner was great, the dancing was fun, and everyone enjoyed being together—best prom ever, I heard.
The weather was fabulous this week, so I finally pruned some shrubs. It made such a difference! Pruning is one of those things that is fun to do once you get started, but it’s kind of intimidating at first. Tovah Martin once pleaded in a workshop I attended that we “just do it.” Now I hear her voice every time I look at a plant with crazy branching or overgrowth, and plow ahead. She was right.
National Pollinator Week is coming up June 15–21. Both Botanical Interests Seeds and BBB Seeds have seed collections you might be interested in for attracting pollinators to your garden.
Botanicals Interests has three 4-pack collections, grouped by plants suited to your region. You have the choice of either Eastern, Midwest, or Western gardens. All include appropriate milkweeds and other wildflowers that are host or nectar plants for monarchs and other butterflies.
BBB has a Bee Rescue Mix which will “provide nectar and pollen for full season support of both native and introduced bee species.”
HooplaHa.com has started a “Mission Repurpose” series of videos, and the latest one has a gardening theme: How to Turn a Toilet Paper Roll Into a Planter. I liked the bottom folding technique. If you start saving and folding tubes in the fall, by spring you’ll have plenty for starting seedlings—and no peat pots to buy. (You know you shouldn’t buy peat anymore, don’t you?)
It’s been a long day, but TGIF! The sun is setting and the oakleaf hydrangeas are glowing—I need to run back outside one more time before bed and see if I can catch a good shot. I’ll leave you with a couple of good “Who to Follows”: A flower arranger of a different sort, and an artist who captures the exuberance of life through her daily paintings.
Until next time, I’m …