Herbal Events at Madison Earth Care
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There is something about watching the birds fly to and fro that brings peace to our minds. And, of course, their melodies fill the air with a chorus of delightful birdsong. There can be disadvantages however, to keeping up with the bird feeders. Problems can arise with attracting rodents and squirrels. If we don’t properly clean our feeders we could actually be making the birds sick. I will always feed the birds regardless of these nuisances. But there are other ways to feed the birds that are more natural and more in keeping with the environment around us. In many ways, feeding the birds can be like feeding your soul!
How about letting your garden feed the birds?
There are many plants that can be incorporated into your landscape that can attract and feed birds as well as pollinators and butterflies. It is hard to choose just a sampling to recommend but I’ve narrowed down a list here of some of my favorites.
Trees – Amelanchier (serviceberry), Cercis Canadensis (redbud), Cornus Florida (dogwood)
Evergreen shrubs to provide protection – Buxus (boxwood), Arborvitae, Ilex glabra
Shrubs to provide food – Ilex Verticillata (winterberry), Ilex meserveae (holly), Aronia (chokecherry), Vaccinnium (blueberry), Viburnum, Sambucus Canadensis (elderberry)
Perennials –Echinacea (cone flower), Rudbeckia (black eyed susan), Monarda (beebalm), Sedum (stonecrop), Eupatorium (joe pye weed), Liatris (blazing star)
Annuals – Sunflowers, Cosmos, Zinnias
Grasses – Pennisetum (fountain grass), Panicum (switch grass)
When planning your gardens this season try some of these plants if you want to attract birds. Feeding the birds can be fun and rewarding! Let your garden feed the birds and the birds feed your soul!
-Melissa Blundon- CANP, ALOCP
Madison Earth Care | Phone: 203-421-4358
Handmade & Locally Made Gifts – Creativity & Nature’s Finest
Despite our focus on handmade and locally made gifts, we are still able to carry the perfect gift for anyone on your list!
Whether you are looking for tools and top of the line outdoor goodies for dad, the perfect hostess gift for a friend, the perfect piece of jewelry for that special someone or some pampering products for mom, we have something for everyone! So treat yourself or a loved on with one of our many gifts made by local artists and companies and artisans from cultures around the world based on Fair Trade practices.
Stop in and check out some of our wonderful products, including Mantraband bracelets, handmade jewelry from South and South East Asia, Higganum Candle Company, Cheshire Bee Farm and Blooming Lotus candles, Wild Sage Apothecary and For Teas Sake teas, Bee Happy and Cheshire Bee Farm goods made from all natural bees products, Cheshire Frame Company picture frames, Haphazard Glass handblown glass flowers and vases,Library of Flowers lotions and perfumes, Foxgloves sun hats and garden gloves and much more are available in our Garden Center.
Let us create a gift package something truly special for you. Call ahead and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up. 🙂
Giving Green a Chance for 45 Years – Madison Earth Care
This past Christmas my kids gave me one of those cute little plaques with words of wisdom that inspire and remind us how to live a happy life. The plaque they chose for me was spot on in describing what makes me happy. Everyone is different and everyone finds happiness in different places. One of my happiest places is in the garden. Not just my own garden but any garden. A garden is defined in the Webster dictionary as “a plot of ground where herbs, fruits, flowers, or vegetables are grown”. Whoever came up with this practical but boring definition of a garden has obviously never experienced the magic of a garden. Whether in the creative stages of planning, working in a garden, or simply standing in admiration of a garden there is a spiritual element that can center us. The garden, like all of nature, has a way of grounding us.
Rule #1 is “escape into nature”. Perhaps your favorite place is on the ocean or seashore. Maybe it is on a mountain top or by the river’s edge. Or it could be hiking a trail, riding a bike, or taking a country drive in the car. Wherever it is that you find a sense of awe or a connection with something greater than yourself that’s where you need to be.
Rule #2 “attract butterflies”. Have you ever witnessed the miracle of a butterfly?! We could all use more butterflies in our life.
Rule # 3 “take time to smell the flowers”. Life is short and if you do not take the time to figuratively smell the flowers you are missing the point of life. And what is the point of life you may ask?
Rule #4 “cultivate friendships”. Relationships are what give us meaning in our life. Without this interaction we simply exist in a bubble. Caring for all creation is gratifying and rule #5 “feed the birds” can fulfill our need to nurture. Whether it is clear to you or not, all humans have this need to nurture. “Our fondness for fauna comes from an evolved human need to nurture”, argues Juliet Clutton-Brock, an English zooarchaeologist and curator, specializing in domesticated mammals.
Rule #5 “get dirty”. Life gets messy so don’t be afraid to get dirty. Roll up your sleeves and live life to its fullest.
The last rule #6 “grow happiness” is the key to living a positive life. Keep a positive attitude and strive to be happy. However, happiness is not always a choice. Depression is real. If you think you might suffer from depression you are not alone but you alone must take the first step to getting help.
A garden teaches us many life lessons. Following these 6 simple rules can help our garden of life grow healthy, happy and beautiful.
Melissa Blundon- CANP, AOLCP
Madison Earth Care Landscaping
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