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Superbloom, Do You Read?

Superbloom, Do You Read?

National Plant a Flower Day (i.e.today) falls every year on March 12th, eight full days before the vernal equinox.

It’s true that there have been hillsides of wildflowers detonating Californian deserts in what some are calling a ~super bloom~ but sadly, a narcissistic selfie culture has pulverized many of the state’s blooms into oblivion.

We’ve embarked on our own super bloom excursions this spring and have spotted the destruction first hand. We’ve seen influencers leaping off trail with water can props to get that good #wanderlust content, children blopped in the middle of flowerbeds as their parents frame them for that perfect Christmas card pic, and even a few #basics weaving Lana Del Rey crowns out of illegally picked poppies.

ARTWORK:COURTNEY HEISER

ARTWORK:COURTNEY HEISER

We at TELL hold the ephemeral moments of existence in the highest regard. And so, to combat the fallen soldiers of poppies, lupine, California bluebells, and so, so many more, we’ve created a quick step-by-step guide to plant wildflower seeds and make up for what others have destroyed. Below is spontaneous step-by-step first-timers guide to National Plant a Flower Day.

 

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  1. Hit up your local nursery or hardware store and ask a specialist for wildflower seeds native to your homeland—purchase as little hand shovel or cultivator while you’re at it.
  2. Find a well-lit patch of unloved space. Perhaps it’s your dusty-ass back yard or a neglected soil bed squeezed between the concrete of your city’s streets.
  3. Till the soil by digging under 12” deep. Turn it over, mix the top and bottom soils together, and breath in that good soil aroma.
  4. Follow the instructions on your given wildflower seed packets, but generally with wildflowers, generously sprinkle them on the top of the tilled soil.
  5. Compress the seeds by doing a lil’ dance on top of them.
  6. Water them with a hearty sprinkling of water and come back every day if you can, to give them some more, they’re thirsty lil’ fellas.
  7. Wait for your babies to bloom and the butterflies to come :)

 



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