In May, we celebrate Mother’s Day for the lovely mothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-love, and wonderful mother figures in our lives. Observance of the special day often involves the gift of fresh-cut flowers. Instead of, or in addition to cut flowers for Mother’s Day, consider gifting the Mom in your family with seeds for a pollinator garden.
A fitting and enduring way to share a tribute for Mother’s Day is to present an acknowledgment of togetherness. A thoughtful gift could be companion flower seeds, seeds that bloom colorful flowers that attract pollinators to the garden. These complimentary flowers improve garden health, enhance outdoor spaces, attract pollinators, and the plants draw in beneficial insects that help with pest management. Marigolds, lavender, cleome, bergamot, mallow, and sunflowers add beauty, purpose, and low maintenance for the most wondrous presence in our lives.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce. Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like native bees, moths and butterflies, birds, bats and other animals are hard at work providing vital but often unnoticed services. They pollinate crops like apples, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, melon, peaches, potatoes, vanilla, almonds, coffee and chocolate.
All vegetable and fruit gardens should include a diversity of pollinator plants. Different flower sizes, shapes and colors, as well as varying plant heights and growth habits, support a greater number and diversity of pollinators. Include a combination of native plant species, heirloom plants and herbs in your pollinator garden. Happy Mother’s Day!