I want to end homelessness. No creature, whether it has 2, 4, 6, 8, or no legs, should be without the basics of food, water, and shelter.
I can do something towards both goals by collecting seeds from all the native flowers I find and then planting successive generations of each one over the coming years.
Since I started this mission, I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the diversity around me. There are more species of plants out there than I thought. We’ve lived here for 28 years and never realized there was so much life sharing this same space!
Every week, I discover something new. Today, I found a couple of different varieties of goldenrod. One of them is the native wrinkle-leaf goldenrod (Solidago rugose). I’ll keep track of their location and gather some seeds next autumn.
I vary my walks between taking the easy way along the roads or the more difficult routes through the fields and woodlands. The second option has turned into a gold mine lately. This past week, I found a black cherry tree (Prunus serotina) and an American beautyberry bush (Callicarpa americana). They’re both native species and very beneficial to birds and wildlife as well as pollinators.
I can’t neglect to mention the blackberry and blueberry bushes and a blossoming persimmon tree I’ve encountered. Nor the holly, dogwood, magnolia trees, and the various shrubs I’ve marked for further observation.
It’s astonishing the number of “new to me” plants I’ve come across in just the past three months. Something catches my eye, indicating this tree or bush is different from all the others in the area; my “Seek” and “Picture This” apps give me a good idea of what it is, and then I go from there.
I love learning new things. Collecting seeds and discovering unusual facts about the plants I come across is an ongoing learning experience that’ll continue for a long time. Now, I want to add a twist and include propagation to the list of skills I’m trying.
I’m starting with something simple. I took some clippings from blueberry and blackberry bushes and will attempt to root them. I’m sure many of you have already mastered this talent, but please have patience with this newbie.
If anyone out there is willing to share your secrets, this novice would appreciate any advice from the pros. Feel free to comment and let me know your tricks of the trade.