Happy Wonderful First Day of Spring!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERASpring has always been my favorite season. I awoke this morning to a bright, cheery sun and enthusiastic birds chirping while busily making a nest for their soon-to-be families. I have started growing native wild flowers to help our pollinators this year, and so far, so good! I have never had much luck growing plants, but I sure do try! I hope this year is different.

Growing native plants and wildflowers is essential for attracting and contributing to the success of our pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and many other insects benefit greatly, as do birds, when you introduce these plants into your gardens. Growing milkweed is vitally important to the monarch butterfly, which have suffered population declines due to habitat loss. If you want to help the monarch population, you can grow milkweed in your own backyard. You can order free milkweed seeds for your butterfly garden at http://www.livemonarch.com/free-milkweed-seeds.htm, although a small contribution is preferred to help offset costs.

MonarchWatch.org explains and tracks the decline in monarch populations and provides examples of what you can do to help: http://monarchwatch.org/ monarchwatchI’m looking forward to seeing what spring has to bring this year! There is nothing more exciting than seeing new life, welcoming warmer weather, spending more time outdoors, and watching baby birds grow and learn how to fly. I love spring!

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