In my rain garden, Florida’s state flower, coreopsis, are blooming and proliferating bulbs have an abundant display of spear-shaped leaves are promising flowers will follow. Gorgeous amaryllis took the lead and are opulent in their trumpet shaped pink and white flower heads.
A variety of birds are enjoying their daily bounty of bird seeds and dried fruit from the pecan tree stump and today I even saw a hummingbird visiting my wind chimes.
All of this to say April 23 is EARTH DAY!
How are you going to celebrate Mother Earth’s birthday? You have time to plan!
Two weekends ago I attended a home expo put on by Leon County where I live.
Even though I’ve been composting for many years, I still learned more about it. For one thing, I am an avid paper shredder, but I couldn’t figure out how to recycle the shreds. At the Home Expo, I learned I could put them in the compost bin recently given to me. No more trying to disguise them in my recycle bin!
Experts on how and when to plant, home maintenance and other aspects of living on this planet, in this town, in this county, on this lane, shared their expertise.
Earth Day encompasses the above and so much more, from energy conservation, think LED lighting, to solar power, to supporting clean water, reducing all kinds of pollution and encouraging gardening.
This is our only Earth. If it is destroyed by the wasting of precious resources, we don’t yet have another planet to move to and trash as we have this one. So… we’d better listen up and take action.
You don’t have to keep your car idling (okay, I admit I think all fast food drive-throughs should be eliminated and none more allowed to be built, just think of the reduction in child and adult obesity, a real epidemic), more help for individuals to grow their own food and the promotion of Reduce, Recycle, Re-use, just like when Earth Day began.
Oh, and one more thing. Stop the use of chemicals killing our bees and other pollinators. Last week I saw a commercial promoting a shampoo made of honey. Sorry, but I find this ridiculous. With colony collapse nearly wiping out honey bees, why in the world, er..the Earth, would shampoo be made of honey?
So for this year, could we just use what we have wisely, protect and love Mother Earth and hope Father Time can heal this hurting planet before it is too late?
HAPPY EARTH DAY – EVERYONE!