It’s the New Year and we are now four days into whatever resolutions that glass of champagne bubbled out of us (mine: Drink more water!). So now that I’ve had a few days to think about others, here are some of the resolutions I would make for myself … and you’re welcome to use any of them for yourself.
|I learned about this guy in 2013 (Cupido comyntas)|
Continue to learn new things – see a new bug or a new bird? Work to identify it and learn more about it. I always try to take a quick picture, even if it is blurry, to help remember the details. Researching helps me get more involved, learning more about it and other things along the way.
|I'd like to learn to identify more birds by sight and sound|
Try new things – find a club, go to a meeting. I’ve been wanting to learn more about birds, so Audubon Atlanta looks like a good choice. I’ll learn new things, and I might help other people learn something that I know.
Be active – go on a hike, get moving, learn as you go. Georgia Botanical Society has over 50 hikes scheduled for 2014. To help me stay committed, I’m inviting other people to go with me. (That also helps me stay in touch with friends!)
|Betula nigra, river birch, is #4 on the list and grows|
naturally near me; I find it very appealing.
Incorporate more diverse plants into the landscape. I’ll start by reviewing the top 20 list of plants compiled by Doug Tallamy to see if some of the ones I don't have are appropriate for my space.
I hope your resolutions include learning about or doing more with native plants. This blog contains a search feature in the top left corner - feel free to search for previous blog topics (such as "evergreens") to find information. Here's to a great New Year!