This will be my first full summer in my new house, after renting for more than 17 years. I’m itching to be able to grow my gardens! Last summer’s tomatoes, warm from the sun, perfectly ripe, grown in my raised beds, were delightful. This winter, I’m dreaming about creating gardens for the pollinators.
I have a steep hill in my back yard. It’s not really usable space for anything because the hill is so steep, so I’m plotting a meadow for that area, and researching what native plants will grow well in this area of Maryland, and how many different kinds of plants I will need in order to be a home for the broadest collection of pollinators. I’m excited to begin, and just read an article posted in my Baltimore County Native Plant Swap Facebook group about seed collecting for native perennials. I don’t have any seeds to collect yet, so I will be looking for places that carry native perennials and seeds to plant this spring. I hope you will share your sources if you know of places.
What are you dreaming of, now that the weather has given us tiny hints of spring? Me, I’ve just ordered a seed catalog and am racking my brain to remember the bulb catalog that I loved more than two decades ago, because I still want to have those early spring bulbs popping up everywhere with daffodils, crocuses, and other early harbingers of spring! I know those bulbs won’t be helpful for our local pollinators, so I’ll be adding in some bloodroot and violets and maybe make some room for a Serviceberry tree in my front yard. I need some shade, anyway, and we seem to be deer-free here.
May your dreams be filled with bright colors, warm sunshine, and hundreds of butterflies, bumble bees, and hummingbirds!