I hope I provided inspiration and encouragement around planting for pollinators. (Both an older version of the presentation that I gave, as well as the handout, are on the sidebar).
Ultimately, I think that gardeners are going to make the difference, as we move forward in a human-influenced age on our planet, by planting native plants that help re-knit the fabric of our altered ecosystems in cities and towns. Ditto, in "rural" landscapes.
Taking a detour towards historic Jonesborough, I drove past more small houses surrounded by nothing but lawn than I'd like to see in a rural area. Where were the trees and shrubs?
Let's plant (or encourage volunteer) native trees that support pollinators and other insects. Oaks, yellow poplar, black gum, black cherry, sweetgum, etc.
Why not use shrubs that "work for a living"? -- that is, why not consider if they provide food for pollinators, herbivores, as well as shelter for birds? There are lots of great choices.
|pocket meadow late August 2013|