When you commit to a pesticide free garden you have to be prepared for chewed on petals and foliage.
Are you ready to embrace imperfection?
teeming with life. Spiders will build webs; the beneficial insects will keep aphids in check; pollinators will pollinate; and, birds will hunt the insects.
It will be a beautiful imperfect garden, just as it's supposed to be.
- You can help create a paradigm shift that redefines garden beauty to include imperfection.
- You can refuse to be shamed or swayed by the judgement of perfection worshipers.
- You can say no to pesticides that poison flowers and kill our important garden visitors.
- You can let nursery managers know that you don't need or expect them to offer "perfect plants" that have pretreated with insecticides.
You just have to do it!
If we all work together, we can become the change our world needs.
Welcome to Wildflower Wednesday. It's the fourth Wednesday of each month and time to celebrate wildflowers from all over this great big, beautiful world. When I walked around the garden planning for WW, I noticed that several coneflowers had been chewed on by insects. It seemed an opportune time to encourage my fellow wildflower enthusiasts to embrace the beauty of a pesticide free garden's imperfection. All the coneflowers shown (Echinacea tennesseensis, E purpurea and Echinacea cultivars including 'Ruby Star', 'Magnus', and 'Prairie Splendor') are imperfect beauties. Not only have they been chewed on by critters, their offspring are different looking with their petals poking every which way. It happens~plants get chewed on and offspring are not true! Happy Wildflower Wednesday!
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.