Pollinators, Natives, Lawn Reduction, Organics… What are YOU going to do this year to heal the earth?

Pollinators, Natives, Lawn Reduction, Organics… What are YOU going to do this year to heal the earth?

As I sit in my home office at 5:00 pm, I can see in the distance my native purple witch hazel glowing in the setting sun. A few weeks ago, the sun moved enough to illuminate this beautiful site. As the days grow longer, I have even spent a few sunsets sitting outside with my cat Buddy! Isn’t February a tease this year? 

With the CT Flower and Garden Show behind us and the first day or spring and the OPENING DAY of Natureworks a mere 22 days away, we are now on the fast track! The crews are gearing up for an early start. The shop is filling up with lots of new products that we will teach you about as the weeks unfold. Our classes are filling up FAST. If you want to attend, please register today. I think we struck a chord with the classes we have put together this year. I have never seen such enthusiasm.

It seems WAY to early, but as I look out my window I can see the buds of my deep purple Iris reticulata showing color on the south side of my house. If this keeps up, I will have a gorgeous display within the week.

What are YOU seeing coming into bloom in your yard? Please share your pictures with us! The fun part of being connected to social media such as Instagram and Facebook is that you notice everyone posting pictures of winter aconites, species crocus, and witch hazels all of the sudden. It gives me such an excited feeling to realize how close we are to the 2020 growing season. 

The thought leads me to ask “What are YOU going to do this year to heal the earth?”  We all know it is now totally up to US. Doug Tallamy’s wonderful new book Nature’s Best Hope explains that the future truly is in the hands of homeowners.

Mark on your September calendar to plant more early bulbs. They are SO important for our native pollinators. They are out foraging already. Do you have something for them to eat in your yard?

 Every single yard matters. Every schoolyard matters. Every park, public space, condominium grounds… WE must all work together to BEE the CHANGE we wish to see in the world. That is why I gave a talk earlier this month to introduce the Pollinator Pathway movement to our town of North Branford. That is why I am giving a talk to the Essex Garden Club on Pollinators next Monday. That is why I am speaking at the CT NOFA conference at Wesleyan on March 7th. That is why we are offering an all-day seminar on The Natureworks Lawn Reduction Initiative on March 14th.  And that is why have been and will continue to be an organic garden center and landscaping service for our 37th year in business AND why we have an educational website to teach everyone how to adopt our methods. 

Creating a habitat can be beautiful and interesting. These lovely bulbs catch your eye, but don’t forget to leave a lot of our native violets as they are the larval plant food of the Fritillary butterflies. It’s all connected. That is what I will be teaching about at the CT NOFA conference OrganiConn 2020 at Wesleyan University on March 7th. The details are below. Sign up, it’s going to be an amazing day! The details and link can be found below. Did I mention Natureworks will also have a vendor booth? 
Here’s another lovely March blooming bulb: Iris histrioides ‘Katherine Hodgkin’. If you don’t have enough spring bulbs, be sure to mark your calendar to come into Natureworks in September. We carry the best selection!

Each morning I wake up to the songs of Carolina wrens and morning doves which are calling so loud I can hear them through my bedroom window! My husband and I have so enjoyed feeding the birds this year and we are attracting more and more to our yard as it is a safe place, filled with lots of hedgerows, sheltering evergreens, thorny plants, and berry bushes. As the birds begin to have their babies, they need lots of insects, which they use exclusively to feed their young. Native plants host lots more insects. Remember, the paradigm has totally shifted. Now, we say “If your plants are not being eaten by something, they are not doing their job!” Think about it and if it doesn’t make sense to you, come in and chat with us when we open or, better yet, take some classes with us in the next month. Birds are an integral part of a balanced ecosystem. So are insects. So are plants. So are frogs. So are snakes. So are we. It’s ALL CONNECTED!

Where is Jaime going on this barge filled with beautiful plants? To one of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek, of course! Read all about the work our garden crews do in the article below. 

Below you will find a couple of articles. The first talks about winter pruning. The second talks about our gardening crews and what they do. Don’t delay if you are hoping to have Natureworks help you with your garden this year. The calls are coming in already. We have a third van, we have hired some excellent new help, but if you want us to help YOU, call soon. 

So start really thinking about what you are going to do this year in the garden. Start planning. Sign up for classes, seminars, and workshops. Use the little time we have left for INDOOR activities to learn as much as you can, make a plan, and get inspired. Spring is only 22 days away. I hope to see you before we open at one of our wonderful educational events.