Take advantage of what Mother Nature has to offer. Native plants and seeds are so much better than the imported varieties.
This past weekend was a busy yet enjoyable new experience for me. I attended a native plant sale in Conway, SC, and joined the local chapter of the SC Native Plant Society (SCNPS). This chapter has been in existence for less than a year. However, it’s already a big hit around here.
Lots of folks attended the plant sale, and from the looks of the full carts being pulled along from one stall to the next, many plants were sold. It’s wonderful to see so many taking an interest in and planting native plants.
My Sunday morning trek through the fields and around a neighboring grass airstrip introduced me to some Maryland Golden Asters (Chrysopsis mariana) and a couple of new bonesets – tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum) and hyssopleaf thoroughwort (E. hyssopifolium). They’re all pollinator magnets and add lovely color to the meadows surrounding the airport runway.
Throughout my walk, I couldn’t help noticing some plants beginning to seed out and couldn’t resist the temptation. I wound up with a heaping handful of goodies. This time of year, I hardly ever return home empty-handed. Along with the shedding flowerheads, I found a ripe persimmon and a fallen southern magnolia seed pod.
Generally, I only remove a few seeds from a flower, shrub, or tree, never the entire cluster. But the bright red seeds were in the path of the mower, so I brought the whole thing home and propped the cone next to my garden gnome. I’m hoping to witness the birds and animals feeding on the magnolia seeds.