A Butterfly Bed on Beltaine

I can’t believe how well my mostly-native butterfly bed is coming along only six short months after I started planting. Last weekend was the Spring Native Plant Sale, and I added several new plants. This is the perfect picture to share on Beltaine, all about fecundity and growth!

Here’s where we started in October. A blank slate.

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And here’s what it looks like now.

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There’s a common saying in permaculture books, talking about planting perennials- “The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they leap.” Here in Florida we didn’t have much of a winter so I think the oldest of these are starting to “creep” already. Eventually this bed will meander along the whole fence, with small trees, native grasses, and lots more flowering vines, and at some point I’ll add a decorative border. I can’t wait to see what this looks like in another six months!

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