Naturalized.

Our municipality’s Council recently approved a bylaw amendment to allow naturalized areas in residential areas.

Don’t tell anyone (shhhh), we have had naturalized areas in our yard for years now. This bed in our front yard is full of Purple Coneflower (background), Tickseed (foreground), and Gaillardia (out of the frame). While I can broaden my knowledge of insects in general and pollinators in particular, I am certain our yard is friendlier to pollinators than that of almost all of our neighbours who have (mostly) turfgrass and imported ornamentals.

We also let dandelions go, probably to our neighbours’ chagrin.

Bloom

It’s been a challenging spring for many of the living things in my part of the world. Much wetter than normal, cooler than normal. A lot of our plants have been slower to grow and to bloom than in past years. Climate change? Possibly. An anomalous spring, unusual but not unheard of? Possibly.

Whatever the reason, it only in late May that this iris in our back yard came into lovely bloom.

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