Tuesday, May 13, 2008

It's a Spring thing!

The sequence of leafing-out this spring is the same, but the time frame much condensed. A walk a day will keep the doctor away --and you won't miss the flowers and fragrances of spring.

On your walks, take note of plants along the way. This time of year lots of little treasures will be popping up under thickets of weeds. Native plants provide food for insects and birds passing through or native to the area. Although non-native ornamental plants have their place, and attract winged wildlife, they may not be able to sustain all of the life cycles that a native plant does. A plant that attracts butterflies with its nectar, may not have leaves to support the butterfly larvae. Taking note of the biodiversity around us will help us take care of our native species as well as our ornamental gardens.