Monday, September 10, 2007

What's in your yard?

Last weekend Naturewise, a local native plant nursery, held an "open house".

A walk through the rows of plants sent me on flashbacks as I recognized flowers I'd gathered while playing in the yard as a child.

It was also nice to be able to verify that the plants I've let move into my flower beds are indeed natives: beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa), and Spanish Needles (Bidens alba), among others.

Today I planted the natives I "adopted" last week. I like my "Florida Native Plant Garden".

As I finished planting, a butterfly fluttered past as if thanking me for providing more food and shelter. Glad to oblige, neighbor.