1998 – I measured, researched, weeded and planted. Then I submitted a blueprint to have my original property certified as A Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. A storm moved through, all was washed away and we moved on.
2012 – I went online, clicked on the site, answered questions and my new property was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
The first certification was difficult but an amazing learning experience. The second much easier and allows for the inclusion of many more properties. In both cases I needed to provide four basic elements for wildlife: food, water, cover and places to raise young.
Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.
Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.