Want to make a significant difference in the world in a beautiful way?
Plant native flowers!
According to the Xercise Society, fruits and seeds derived from insect pollination are a major part of the diet of approximately 25 percent of all birds, and of mammals ranging from red-backed voles to grizzly bears. Unfortunately, in many places, this essential pollination is at risk because the pollinators are suffering from habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases.
We humans are also dependent on these busy bugs that we are threatening. Pollinators are essential to much of our agricultural efforts. Many crops rely on pollinators being there at the precise moment when their flowers are ready to be fruitful and multiply, for example, almonds and apples.
Who hasn’t heard about the colony collapse disorder that is affecting agribusiness’ attempt to treat a natural insect population like just another piece of farm equipment? It’s horrifying the way agribusiness has been decimating native pollinators too with its monoculture crops and heavy pesticide use.
This year, with our building project still in progress, I have managed to tuck a tiny wild flower garden next to the house, and watching it grow is a daily joy. Today I saw a pair of birds walking around among the butterfly weed and prairie smoke.
They are developing flowers already.
I planted this garden right outside my office window.
Making havens for native pollinators is something anyone with a bit of ground can do, and the win-win part is that a place the appeals to native pollinators also appeals to humans. We share a similar aesthetic sense when it comes to flowers. Isn’t that amazing?
We are both drawn to these amazing, colorful, creative arrangements of petals and pistols and stamens.
But to give native pollinators half a chance, we need to plant native flowers.
This is no sacrifice. They are breathtaking.
No matter where you live in the U.S., you can find native plants. Check out this website for suppliers in your area.
Where would some native flowers fit in your landscape?
Categories: Ecosystem Restoration