Tropical Flowers Vs. Native

I am often lured to the tropical flowers when strolling the garden centers.

Those intense colors and thick ceraceous leaves must have some purpose  of which I am unfamiliar.

But I only admire these bright beauties from afar. You see, I live in the Northeast where these exotics do not fare well–only in summer, only with much care.

I have a duty to plant native flowers to help the monarch on its long, arduous trek to Mexico; to provide the native birds with various flower seeds so that they will honor me with their presence; to keep the nectar-producing flowers abundant from April till October–the hummingbirds  are depending on me;

to help the honeybees recover from whatever it is that is causing them to disappear from the earth in alarming numbers. I have a duty.

Quote of the Day for YOU:           When you blame others, you give up your power to change. ~Author Unknown

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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