September Yard of the Month
September 8 @ 8:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm
September 2017 Yard of the Month: 1701 Thomas Ave.
Dick Randall and Anne Franklin have one of the most recognizable yards in Plaza Midwood, with a beautiful combination of flowers and pottery. They’re passionate about the garden, and take great care to be environmentally thoughtful. Here’s what they had to say about their current design:
We, humans, are dependent on bees to pollinate the crops that provide the food we eat. California alone depends on honey bees to pollinate 130 of its most vital crops – much of this food being shipped to us here in Charlotte. However, bees are in jeopardy with thousands and thousands of hives in the U.S. and Canada deserted, the bees gone and presumed dead. Why is this? It seems that scores of different pathogens and environmental conditions have coalesced to cause the problem. Fortunately, given the vital role of bees research has ramped up and there’s now hope for the bee and for our food.
In light of the above and in light of the fact that we’ve never been a friend of Monsanto (Round-Up), or Scott et al hyper-nitrogen/herbicides/pesticides normally used for the “pristine fescue lawn” we plowed up the front yard and planted bee-friendly perennials. Our only fertilizer is natural compost.
Two favorite bee-friendly perennials are Salvia and Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) which is edible and high in Omega 3. A fist full of Portulaca in your salad is like eating a bass (well, maybe 1/2 a bass).