Table of Contents
- Shannon’s Note
- Upcoming Free Webinar
- Nursery Update
- Upcoming Native Plant Sale
- September Tasks When Gardening for Pollinators and Wildlife
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The butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds are migrating. The air is getting less humid. We’re starting to get some cooler days. And all the fall flowers are in full bloom. I absolutely love this time of year. It’s also always a busy time of year in the nursery and in the garden.
Upcoming Free Webinar
Don’t forget that this Saturday, Sept. 17, I am hosting a free webinar on the benefits of planting native perennial wildflowers, trees, and shrubs in the fall. I’m working hard to make this “not your normal Zoom webinar.” Registration is required because I can only accommodate 95 participants. I hope you’ll join me, and please, share this information with any of your friends.
After growing them all season to get them to a sellable size, we now have southern blue flag irises and Ohio spiderwort available! This is the first time we have ever had either of these two species for sale.
We are coming up to our last two native plant sales for the season. We still have a pretty good selection of species available, although a few are in limited supply. Some species, like New England asters and obedient plant, are blooming.
All our native plant sales and upcoming events can always be found on the Busy Bee events page.
Upcoming Native Plant Sale
On September 24, we’ll be at the Tennessee Honey Festival in Nashville. I’m kicking off the educational talks at 9:30 a.m. with a presentation about native Tennessee plants for honeybees and pollinators.
We will also have a booth (#89) where we will have native plants, my books, and honey from our bees for sale. We’ll be there from from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
We are taking pre-orders for those who want to make sure that we have the exact species and numbers they want. (We highly recommend pre-orders if you know you want something because we can only bring a limited number of plants with us and we always end up having to make some hard choices as to what to leave behind.) The deadline for putting in a pre-order for the Honey Festival is noon on Thursday, September 22.
Below is a list of everything we expect to have available for the Honey Festival. Some of the species are in very limited quantities.
Books, Gift Certificates, and Honey
Native Wildflowers for Pollinators and Wildlife (Click on a thumbnail for detailed information about that plant.)
Native Grasses for Pollinators and Wildlife (Click on a thumbnail for detailed information about that plant.)
Native Shrubs and Trees for Pollinators and Wildlife (Click on a thumbnail for detailed information about that plant.)
Pre-Order Logistics and What to Expect
- E-mail the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- List of items, sizes, and quantities that you want to order.
- Ordering deadline: noon on Thursday, Sept., 22.
- Orders are filled in the order that I receive them.
- I will make sure I have everything you want and send you the total for the order.
- On the day of the delivery:
- I will have your order ready to go when you arrive.
- You can pay by cash, check, or card.
- If you are not satisfied with any of the plants that I picked for you, please let me know before you leave with them and I will be happy to keep those plants. I am not responsible for plants after you take possession of them.
September Tasks When Gardening for Pollinators and Wildlife
- Fall is the best time to plant native perennial wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
- The roots will continue to grow into early winter and will start growing again in the late winter / early spring as the ground warms up. That extra root growth will give your fall planted plants a jump start on any plants that you plant in the spring.
- Water newly planted plants, as needed.
- The drought may be mostly over, but we can still have dry spells and newly planted individuals may need additional water.
- Keep your hummingbird feeders up for the fall migration.
- Hummingbirds are continuing to move through the area as they head south for the winter.
- Keeping your feeder up may provide a much needed nectar source for any late migrants, especially as our fall blooming flowers start to fade.
- However, if you keep your feeder up, remember to continue to regularly clean it and replace the sugar water.
- If you have a field that you typically mow, which has lots of goldenrods, asters, and other fall flowers in it, then try waiting to mow until after the first killing frost.
- Waiting to mow will allow our 14 species of butterflies that migrate, including the monarch butterfly, and all of our fall bees the opportunity to use the flowers.
- It’s always a good time to kill invasive species.
- Stilt grass (Microstegium sp.) can be easily pulled in garden beds.
- If you are using herbicides, be sure to read and follow the label.
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