The November/December issue of The American Gardener: The Magazine of the American Horticultural Society arrived the other day. As I was browsing through it last night I was surprised, but thrilled, to see Ellen Sousa, who lives in Central Massachusetts, quoted in Kris Wetherbee’s article Garden Cleanup Reconsidered. Ellen’s own landscape is not only a Certified Wildlife Habitat, it is a Monarch Waystation so it was no surprise to hear her say, “instead of doing the traditional fall scalping of perennial beds, we leave tall plants such as coneflowers, agastache, asters and ornamental grasses standing right through the winter. Their seeds feed overwintering birds such as juncos, chickadees, and song sparows when snow has buried most other natural food sources.”
Happily for me I discovered Ellen, garden coach, teacher, and writer when I first began blogging. I recommend the New England Natural Habitat Gardening blog to everyone, and now I am looking forward to her book The New England Natural Habitat Garden which will be out next year. Not so very far away.
Ellen also writes for the group blog, Beautiful Wildlife Garden, with some of my other favorite bloggers, Gail Eichelberger, Barbara Pintozzi and Helen Yoest, all of whom I got to meet in Buffalo this summer! Hooray for the Garden Bloggers Meet-up.