Parks are closed, so I’m sticking with nearby nature. Yep, I’m sticking like Cleavers on corduroy.*
Today, I walked the yard to take phone pics of native flowers: only natives. (Non-natives, I’ll post tomorrow.)
Why is native important? Native plants and animals coevolved in Place, and they function deep and wide together. Native is what makes our local habitats work best.
The more native plants in our yards, the more invertebrates. The more invertebrates, the more bird food; and the more bird food, the better for everyone.
When coral honeysuckle blooms in Nashville, it means hummingbirds aren’t far behind.
Columbine blooms are another signal of Hummingbird Season…
Note that several of these plants are Yard Weeds: they just happen. And all are killed when a Lawn Service mows and blows and poisons. Even native flowers the size of a sesame seed are more functional than exotic turfgrasses…
*(Cleavers is also known as velcro-grass, sticky-willy, goose-grass, galium. The bristles cling to anything that isn’t super-smooth. And I only found out last week it’s a U.S. native. My family met it in England long ago, so I always figured it was from there…)
And these tiny buttercups in the lawn:
—What native plants do you see in YOUR nearby nature?—