The Earth laughs in flowers and I’m celebrating Earth Day with a little giveaway in honor of wildflowers and pollinators. Of course if you’re a gardener, every day is Earth Day!
Wildflowers are essential to the survival of the pollinator population. Pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies are vital to almost all crops and plants that produce vegetables, fruits and nuts. Pollinators are also vital to plants fed to livestock, as well as to fiber-producing plants, such as cotton.
Wildflowers also support beneficial insects that help your garden with natural pest control.
And flowers absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, through photosynthesis.
Bachelor Buttons (or Bachelor’s Button) are blooming in my field of dreams next to my Potting Shed.
Also known as Blue Bottle, Blue Bonnet, Blue Bow, Blue Cap, Cornflower, Boutonniere Flower and Basket Flower, this wildflower is easy to grow in many soil types and is native to Europe.
In the southeastern United States, Bachelor Button can be found growing in meadows and fields, is drought-tolerant, self-seeding and therefore aggressive. Here in North Carolina, it’s considered a noxious weed and growing it is prohibited since it quickly displaces other grasses, crops, and native wildflowers . . .but doesn’t the color make your heart sing?
Bees find blue, purple and yellow flowers most appealing. Flat or shallow blossoms, such as daisies, zinnias, asters and Queen Anne’s lace, attract the largest variety of bees. Ox-eye daisy is a common roadside daisy and wildflower. It attracts diverse types of pollinators, including beetles, ants, and moths, as a source of pollen and nectar.
In celebration of Earth Day, I giving away some gardening gloves, wildflower seeds, gardening tools and notecards. The notecards I had printed from photos of my Potting Shed with flower and seed quotes, fitting for Earth Day and a celebration of wildflowers!
In addition to the notecards, I’m including wildflowers seeds with 24 favorite wild annuals & perennials including Red Poppy, California Poppy, Purple Coneflower (Echinacea), Wild Lupine and others.
Three sets of 6 notecards (2 of each design) and a package of wildflower seeds will be given away.
I’m also including a pair of gardening gloves (one size fits most!) and wildflower seed pack to be given away to a fourth winner.
The ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’ mini seed packet containing a custom blend of both annual and perennial wildflowers.
And a Three Piece Garden Tool Set with a mini seed packet to fifth winner.
For a chance to win, leave me a comment telling me your favorite flower or pollinator.
Subscribe by email or follow on Facebook and let me know by comment.
For a third entry, share this giveaway on Pinterest or Facebook and leave an additional comment telling me so.
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The winners will be chosen May 6th.
This giveaway is open to those living in the continental US.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
May all your weeds *bee* wildflowers!
Happy Earth Day!