The Virginia bluebells and bloodroots no longer cloak the woodland floor. Liatris, coneflower, meadow rue, patridge berry, wintergreen, black-eyed Susan, culver root, butterfly weed, milkweed, nodding onion, Silphium, mountain mint, asters and some of the goldenrods have taken their place. Ferns are growing robustly in their forested glades and hummingbirds and sphinx moths routinely flit from bee balm to honeysuckle to lily to bergamot and so many more. It is the season of the pollinator, the time of color and fragrance. The butterflies, moths, native bees, wasps and flies, the bumblebees, ants and foragers of nectar and pollen are about the land. If you have the plants. They will come and delight you with their aeobatics and irridescent displays. They are part of the fabric of where we live, our ecological realm.
But, many of these interesting and lovely animals are now absent from too many of our yards, woodlands and natural areas due to displacement by development, invasive weeds, grazing by an overabundant deer population and disturbance, in general. Once floriferous displays of wildflowers have too often been given over to thickets of Japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose and Eurasian bittersweet. You can help by keeping your property free of these and other alien weeds and by planting and protecting native plants that provide nutrition and habitat for our native pollinators and birds that are also in decline, often seriously. To paraphrase the emminent biologist, E.O. Wilson, when natural populations of any species become too small or fragmented, they collapse, and along with them the communities that they support.
We offer native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to assist you in your endeavors at restoring ecological balance to our eastern forests, fields and wetlands.
If you are in the neighborhood, stop by, or take a ride through our beautiful contryside for a visit!
Our address is 5200 West Heaps Road, Pylesville, MD 21132.
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