One of Delaware's best features is the variety of plants and flowers that can grow here. We are really fortunate to have four distinct seasons without it really getting way too hot or way too cold.
Lately, homeowners have become more environmentally aware of their impact on nature. They are starting to pay attention to the plants in their yards as well. The native plants of Delaware are as varied and beautiful as anyone could want. My all time favorite, honeysuckle grew along the country roads outside of Newark, Delaware where I was raised. I will always remember bumping along in the big yellow school bus on those June mornings, smelling them and thinking about the last days of school.
I am in favor of this new trend because Delaware has a lot of wetlands and marshes that are already fragile. Some plants have the capability of throwing things out of balance. I recently found an excellent ebook from the University of Delaware that lists "problem plants" and their corresponding "better plant: choices.
Also, there's an upcoming plant sale.
The Delaware Native Plant Society, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the native plants of Delmarva, will be having it 8th Annual Native Plant Sale on November 1, 2008 from 10Am-3PM at the Delaware Native Plant Society's Nursery at 818 Kitts Hummock Road at the St. Jones Research Reserve in Dover. Hundreds of trees, shrubs, herbaceous species, ferns, vines and grasses will be available at reasonable prices. Come early, because there are limited supplies of most of the plants and trees and lines start forming early. Call 302-735-8918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Good food and beverages, free of charge, will also be available. [Reprinted by permission from Debbie Reed's Blog]
Hope to see you there.