Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The native connection

The book referenced in this link is about Delaware but the concept applies to anywhere.

Do you want native birds,butterflies and other wildlife to visit your yard?

Plant natives, not exotics.

http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2008/nov/plants112707.html

10 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

Oh! I so agree. There is a bird blog I visit daily. This man's backyard is NOT a mowed lawn but looks in fact like a forest area with leaf and twig litter and wild grass etc. The birds and animals that visit and make it their home is phenomenal. The link is here.

Kathleen said...

thank you for the link janice, it is phenomenal

eastcoastdweller said...

I thank You as well, Janice, for that link. It's sad to read that for migratory birds along the east coast, most inhabited areas along their flyway are a virtual desert, bereft of safe resting places and food.

It doesn't have to be that way. Even one bush that hosts the larvae of a native butterfly, or one tree with nourishing fruit or nuts, makes a difference.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I can't plant anything... there are only 4 plants that have survived me and are loyal to all of our very ends.

But what a nice thought. I visit the city gardens. They are lovely and always have various bugs and birds and butterflies... and snails!

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

leslie said...

How sad that folks still insist that native plants are "weeds".
Lady Bird Johnson was the champion of native species.
http://www.wildflower.org/

Kathleen said...

Lady Bird was Great!!

She was less concerned about "Beautifying America" .... (I heard she didn't much care for that catchy campaign term), she was more concerned that the different regions of the country keep and maintain their individual look .... their native flora of their region ....

Natives! use them, love them.

Kathleen said...

sign ... let us all campaign as well to keep our seasonal looks straight as well.... I DO NOT care to have my Fall look like the Spring ..... I do not want Encore azaleas blooming in the Fall again .... People you want flowers to bloom in the Fall, then also plant flowers that bloom in the Fall .... don't make a Spring flowering shrub work a double shift...it is unsettling.

I read once were the author Pearl S Buck :-) deplored eating fruits out of season to her locality (having been brought in from elsewhere)

"a time and a place to every purpose"


do I have that quote right?

Melanie said...

good point. sorry I haven't been around lately.

got da-funk.. :wink:

Ian Lidster said...

Makes much sense

Eastcoastdweller said...

Scarlette: Visiting parks helps to keep them viable and open. No shame in that.

Leslie: Lady Bird was special indeed.

Kathleen: I so agree with You!

Mel: The funk goes around and comes around.

Ian: Yes, it does make sense.