One disappointment in planting natives (or at least, the natives I now have) is they are not very showy. I think the simplest thing to do is to fix that with annuals, specifically zinnias, at least in the front yard.
Once upon a time, the "meadow" was a milkweed forest. I whacked that, thinking I would transplant perennials from other parts of the yard there. Now I am inclined to revert that area to milkweed. Hopefully, I will see more monarchs then.
I've attempted to grow shrubs and vines in containers, with minimal success. Two small butterfly bushes and a Clematis Paniculata are all that I have left, and next summer I plan to transplant them into the ground. I think they will be much happier, which will make me happier.
Three is a charming number, so I think I will stop there.
- Plant zinnias in the beds in the front yard
- Recreate the milkweed forest
- Transplant container perennials into the ground
There has not been a lot of bird activity in the backyard, but yesterday this hawk was pecking at something in the driveway. Worms?
And on today's dog walk, a heron made an appearance near the neighborhood pond. I couldn't get closer because, well, the dog.
Here's wishing you a Happy New Year. May all your gardening dreams come true!