Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Susana's Garden

This is Susana's garden, which I see just outside my door. It has a plethora of flowers, blue, purple, mauve, yellow, and white, with butterflies, bees and hummingbirds weaving in and out of their blooms.

Three years ago when I first moved in, when I looked out my door all I saw was something resembling the Gobi desert.  Despite our pleas to the construction manager to preserve the rich farm topsoil, it had been carted away, leaving us with a thin layer of dirt littered with pebbles and rocks.

The natural flora and fauna had left, and it seemed like a wasteland. But in the years since, there has been a transformation, and Susana's garden is a living example of what can be done to restore the beauty of nature.

She diligently planted flowers that would attract bees - bee balm is a favourite - and blossoms with loads of nectar for the hummingbirds.  Butterflies have returned in abundance, as well as garter snakes, frogs, and birds of all kinds who feast on the insects and worms that now live in our fertile soil.

This is what just one person in our community has accomplished with her own small plot.  Imagine what the world would look like if more of us did this!


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