Now is the time to start planning Fall landscape projects and Reedy Creek Environmental will be providing a Conservation Landscaping Workshop on Saturday morning, July 28, to jumpstart the process. Details and registration for the workshop Please note advance registration is required.
In addition, a native plant sale will follow the workshop at Createspace from 12:30 – 2:00 pm. 50% of the proceeds from the plant sale will be split between Createspace and Richmond Food Not Bombs. This is an opportunity to support two fantastic local organizations; obtain native plants of local ecotype; and also get answers to questions you may have about plant selection.
Please share this information with friends and family with an interest in conservation landscaping.
Two native plants of local ecotype will be on sale at the Carytown Farmers Market on Sunday, July 1, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Swamp milkweed, a plant for sunny to partly sunny locations will be sold in 3 – quart pots for $6 each and Spicebush, a shrub for shady to partly shady areas will be sold in small tree pots for $8 each. Spicebush was propagated from seeds collected in James River Park (under a strict collection permit) and swamp milkweed from seeds collected in eastern Henrico along the Chickahominy River. For more information about these two native species:
During the last week, I have been watching our American hazelnuts (Corylus americana) very closely because the male catkins have been rapidly elongating. Yesterday, I tapped one of the catkins which released a yellow puff of pollen. American hazelnuts are wind-pollinated and so the catkins should not be releasing pollen unless the female flowers are open. Sure enough, close inspection revealed quite a few tiny red female flowers. Spring is on the way!!
If you want to read more about my love affair with American hazelnuts, read the post I wrote for the Reedy Creek Coalition last year.
And of course, you can purchase your own American hazelnuts from Reedy Creek Environmental. I usually manage to beat the squirrels to a few nuts.