Provide refuge for pollinators!
Why do flowers come in so many colors? One theory is that the colors attract pollinators. But insects, including solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, wasps, and flies, don't see color the same way we do. Their compound eyes can detect most of the colors we can - but they also see UV light, invisible to humans. To their eyes, every beautiful bloom is a veritable bullseye, a combination of visible and UV light patterns that guide them toward sustaining nectar, thus continuing the cycle of life. This beckoning mix contains pollinator beacons of: New England Aster, Plains Coreopsis, Penstemon, Indian Blanket, Evening Primrose, Wild Bergamot, Milkweed, and Ohio Spiderwort.
Art Pack, 500 seeds
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Pollinator Petal Patch | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Heirloom Seeds
Days to Germination 5 - 25 days Days to Maturity 75 - 365 days Planting Depth 0-1/4 inch Spacing in Row 12 inches Spacing Between Rows 18 inches Height at Maturity 10-24 inches Width at Maturity 12 inches
For the best mix, direct sow in fall. Can also be direct sown in early spring around last frost date. Broadcast evenly into a well prepared, weed-free bed. Packet covers an area of approximately 30 square feet in size. Rake in lightly, and keep watered until germination. When seedlings set true leaves, thin to about 12-18" apart. This mix contains a combination of perennials and self-sowing annuals. Some varieties will bloom now; the full mix will appear in the second year.
Art by Bri Barton. Bri Barton is an artist, witch, plant grower, and educator. She uses paint, ink, shadows, and light to create art that is collaborative, participatory, and informative, like this pollinator coloring page. The insects are coloring in the flowers one by one as they touch them.
Her work elevates and embodies racial and environmental justice, anti-imperial history, earth worship, and defiant celebrations of life. Bri is a founding member of the multi-disciplinary painting troupe, ROMPUS. She is also a member of Soil Generation, a black-led coalition of Philadelphia organizations and individuals who support community-managed green space, gardens, and farms through advocacy, grassroots organizing, and education. Bri is the creator of participatory projects hub, Everybody Colors, and the writer and illustrator of Everything Dies! A Coloring Book About Life. Bri graduated Valedictorian from Moore College of Art in 2011 where she double-majored in Fine Art and Curatorial Studies. She loves learning, teaching, climbing trees, and composting systems of oppression.