A Word from Wilma
Fall is tiptoeing in!
With recent temperatures approaching 90 degrees it is hard to miss subtle seasonal changes. One noticeable change is shorter days. My favorite time to be in the garden is in the evening but darkness is beginning to arrive too soon. A special thanks goes out to our staff both at the Farm and Garden Center for “hanging in there” while unloading trucks, making displays, watering plants, assisting customers, transplanting seedlings, loading trucks (Farm), and in other ways during this hot weather.
Barn swallows build nests in our Farm shed each summer and entertain us as they swoop through the air catching insects. They recently left to begin their long journey to their winter home in South America. Other birds are beginning to migrate now and depend on seeds, berries, and insects for energy. Stay-at-home birds need these, too!
Doug Tallamy in his books, Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope has practical ways we can turn our home gardens into wildlife habitats. Even a small area can provide benefits. Late summer is a good time to plan and plant your pollinator/wildlife garden. Our pollinator garden at RCN is a great place to get ideas, watch the wildlife, and just relax!
Pictures: Our Pollinator Garden and Kira and Denise in the pollinator garden.