aBackyard Universe has been humming right along, beginning with the Painted Buntings learning about their new spiffy feeder I picked up at Tractor Supply. It’s squirrel proof and just the right size for smaller birds like Buntings. I’ve had two males and a female hanging around, daily, this year. Now they come and go in the feeder with ease. A feeder like this keeps the larger birds out that can drive Buntings away, birds like Cardinals and Blue Jays whom I’ve seen directly challenge the Buntings as well as other smaller birds for feeder access.
On Saturday, while attending the CREW Land and Water Trust Wildflower Festival (I also led two children’s Wildflower hikes) I met a new (to me) Native Plant Nursery called All Native Garden Center, Nursery & Landscapes. I have to include, I LOVE the name of their website, NO LAWN. But then I am a proponent for yards and spaces that can feed us, that can feed communities and be a home and shelter for wildlife. I made quite a haul of new plants for the yard and Labyrinth and I’m going back for the Native Pennyroyal plants tomorrow.
I also visited a table sponsored by the Florida Wildflower Co-op. I came away with seeds galore to work on starting in pots as we head into Summer here in South West Florida I have: Southeastern Sunflower Helianthus agrestis, Chapman’s Blazing Star Liatris chapmanii, Yellow Sneezeweed Helenium amarum and Partridge Pea Chamaecrista fasciculata ::
I think these will keep me busy for awhile. Around this time every year I end up with the same issue as I approach the hotter and more humid Summer months… Withdrawal from giving programs to the Public, and Volunteering. I literally go from “full force” Volunteering and giving Astronomy presentations for four months to – a clear schedule. And I see it fast approaching again this year in my appointment book as I “run out” of things to do and places to be.
Should you find yourself in “The Summer Doldrums” as well try planting a Butterfly or vegetable garden and invite Nature in. She will certainly keep you busy! If you have a lack of space – or not, try planting a butterfly garden in a container! These make wonderful family projects that everyone can participate in, and they add a lot of color to a small space with little effort and cost.
While you are at it, make a basket up to attract neighborhood Hummingbirds! -I think I will be doing this as well over the Summer. I’ll add it to my list of things to look for plant wise when I go to All Native tomorrow.