Sunday, May 1st is the fifth annual International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day. Guerilla gardeners just want to share the greenery--they fill abandoned and barren spaces with seeds or plants, pretty much without bothering to ask permission from anyone. In fact, some of these secret gardeners act in the dead of night--a derelict area is replaced by a bed of flowers or edibles before the sun rises. The gardeners act locally and think globally: they share their adventures online from Italy, Romania, Sweden, Austria, France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, Ireland, Germany, and the U.S.
On May 1, the flower du jour is the sunflower, and nearly 3,000 on Facebook worldwide have pledged to plant.
One of the tools of the trade is the seed bomb--balls made out of compost and clay that encase wildflower or other seeds. They're thrown into neglected open spaces (over a chain-link fence, say), and there they sit, the seeds protected from drying out or being eaten by birds, until the next rain when the clay breaks down and the compost offers instant nutrients.
So, how about it? Know any abandoned, neglected spots that could use a sunflower (or a few dozen)?
Join in the cause: resistance is fertile.