Susan and others have been working diligently in our butterfly garden. It’s beautiful and has a purpose. As gardeners do, Susan and I had a meaningful visit about the garden as we worked. Here are my questions and her answers:
Why are you working so hard, selecting certain plants. You seem to be planting with a purpose.
The goal is to attract a wide diversity of pollinators and to that end, we need to cultivate a wide variety of plants all throughout the year.
Pollinators depend on us and it’s our sacred duty to provide for them in all their phases of life. It isn’t that easy, but like many things it’s very worthwhile.
Why as gardeners do we need to plant for pollinators? Isn’t this provided naturally?
Much of nature has been rearranged and habitats destroyed. Every yard needs to count! Devote at least part of your garden to create a pollinator-friendly habitat.
Joy comes when you see these creatures thrive. If you take the step, I don’t believe you will ever go back to never-ending lawns with seas of begonias.
Keep going. it’s desperately needed and of serious importance for the next generation.
It’s up to us.
Thank you, Susan. You have inspired all of us to garden for the future.
Picture by Starla Willis
Under Raincatcher’s Resources, we have a list of butterfly friendly plants to help you get started.
Pollinator week is a week away.