Don’t be a Wall Flower — Plant some Wildflowers

As if I ever need an excuse to plant new flowers in our yard, this week (May 2-8) is National Wildflower Week.

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Always celebrated the first week of May, National Wildflower Week was created by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, to promote the benefits of native plants for the environment. The Wildflower Center is a great source for gardeners and has many opportunities and articles for us to become more knowledgable planting stewards. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Wildflowers come in every color on the spectrum and are an easy, low-maintenance way to add color to your yard or open spaces. They need little water once established and most varieties return year after year. If you have a large area, instead of mowing it over

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A hummingbird partakes of the cardinal vine’s nector.

and over, set aside a portion of your land for wildflower germination. This will help with ground erosion and provides a great buffet for the planet’s polinators, like bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and bats.

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A combination of creeping phlox and an ‘as yet to be identified bulb wildflower’ dot pink and white in a yard on Main Street in Harleyville.

Do you have a wildflower garden (or any kind of garden)? Is your yard covered in wildflowers? By registering your yard or business with flowering plants on the property or your garden spot, you can “#beecounted and help the National Pollinator Garden Network reach one million bee-friendly gardens by National Pollinator Week, June 18-24.”

Locally to me, Argos Cement Plant in Harleyville is on the list. I registered our yard and it was easy to do and cost nothing; won’t you help reach the goal.

Some wildflowers smell heavenly, like honeysuckle; while others do not, like the camphorweed. Merriam-Webster defines wildflower as “a flower that grows in natural places without being planted by people.” Some of the wildflowers already growing on their on in our yard include pink evening primrose, cardinal flower, Carolina Jasmine, cow vine, morning glory, honeysuckle, creeping phlox, white clover and wisteria, to name a few.

We also have plenty of flowering weeds like dandelions, but they keep meeting with the mower once a week.

We had a sore spot in our front yard that I had let get overgrown. It has gladiolus already growning, but I have been unsuccessful with other plants I tried there. When my neighbor, Raymond, was helping me prepare the yard a few weeks ago, we got that spot done, too. IMAG2220But, it wasn’t until yesterday, that I covered it in wildflowers.IMAG2298.jpg I guess by defination, they are no longer “true” wildflowers since I planted them, but, I still can’t wait for the sprouting to begin and the rainbow of colors to arrive. I’ll keep you updated.

For a wonderful list of native plants to South Carolia, visit the South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) website. Or for a comprehensive United States list, visit uswildflowers.com. You probably already have many plants on the lists in your yard. If you don’t, this week is a good time to add a few. Until next post, happy planting.

Feature photo: Pink evening primrose growing near our front steps.

 

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