Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Earth Day Additions

Earth Day was a week ago, but I have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to share the little treasures I picked up in honour of this year's occasion. Check out these cute, native plants I picked up at last weekend's native plant sale at the local eco-park.

Every year, there is a cleanup and tree-planting at the park in conjunction with Earth Day. Volunteers tend to a small greenhouse and raise the plants which are sold to fund the park upkeep. The cleanup is also volunteer run, with many girl guides and scouts pitching into the effort. Including, yours truly.

It felt so good. I helped plant wildflower for the better part of the morning. Overturning earth and scattering seeds on the ground, it was so fulfilling to spend a beautiful morning outside, helping to better the area in which I live.

Before leaving, I picked up this purple violet, coneflower and other wildflower. All native to the area, I hope they require minimal care and thrive. Some might call them weeds, but despite that, if they survive in the sandy, sunny bed on the west side of my house, I'll be happy! The violet is meant for wet, shady soil- perfect for the bed next to my back fence!

My perennials came up really well, and with these in the ground, I only need a few more annuals for my flower-beds. I may wait to see what they have at next native plant sale. I'd rather have easy-care perennials and save the annuals for the planters in front of my house. Are you excited to get to the gardens? What about planting a garden. Anyone done?


  1. Every year I swear I'm going to garden, but never actually do. I'm thinking this will be the year though. Maybe I'll start with violets or herbs or something. LOVE the idea of planting in a park! What a great way to get out in the community :)

  2. Start small... I have found that is the key. Every year I have big ideas but life tends to get in the way, and I never have enough time to get it all in the ground!! Good luck! You'll have to share how you make out!

  3. Garden! I want garden too but don't have time for now.. Sad :(