When You Provide Water, They Will Come – Certified Wildlife Habitat 139,583

When you provide … they will come

Green frog 2014

One of the 4 key components of a Backyard Wildlife Habitat is water with the other 3 being food, cover and places to raise young. Providing water can be as simple as placing a bird bath in the garden  or as complicated as installing a pond.

Reflection of the sumac stand

 I have provided a bird bath, installed a small, molded pond  as well as creating downspout watering holes.

Pond in lower gardens

This pond in the lower garden was created using a plastic molded form purchased at a yard sale for two dollars.

Green Frog

Galvanized tubs are placed under downspouts to catch the rain. Animals now use them as a summer home. The tubs are surrounded by river rock which allows the water to flow into the gardens without washing the soil away.

  At every water source animals who share this space come  to drink, sun themselves and play.

 

Three Green frogs sunning themselves on a log in the pond

Three Green frogs sunning themselves in the molded pond.

To help the smallest creatures who frequent the ponds, I’ve provided a way to enter and exit the water.  Even amphibians and insects could drown without an exit strategy.

Green frog

A green frog sitting on a partially submerged log used as a ramp for smaller creatures to move safely in and out of the pond.

 Providing water not only helps those who share this space called a garden,  it also provides a place of harmony,

a place to co-exist.

Pond in the lower gardens

Every day after work Maddie looks forward to her walk through the gardens. Her favorite spot is the pond where she stalks the “wild” frog.

Green frog Lithobates clamitans

Green frogs (Rana clamitans), are a common anuran of the eastern half of the United States. The two green frogs pictured in this photo have shared a galvanized tub all summer.

 

October in the Vegetable Garden Where Has the Summer Gone?

One by one plants in the garden produce their last flower

Chili pepper ans flowerMiniture Bell pepper and flowerHarvest in upon us

The bounty of heirloom tomatoesThis years harvest of pumpkins and gourds Colors intensify

Cabbage white butterfly on ghost white eggplantGhost white eggplant in maturity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalapeno peppersSoon the earth will rest

Sweet Pea tomatoesv

Take Time to Do More than Just Smell the Flowers Certified Habitat 139,583

Beyond our need to create beautiful spaces

Deciduous azalea and ajunca

Beyond our need to have color and scent in our lives

Roses and Clematis on a split rail fence

Flowers provide a vital link in our existence

Ant on pepper blossom

Look closer at the flowering plants in your yard

Bee Fly and portulaca flower

You will be amazed at the variety and number of species that frequent your plantings

Mining  bee on Daisy mum

But even more amazing is the knowledge that without these pollinators we would not have our orchards, gardens and meditative spaces.

Astilble at the entrance to the labyrinth

Sitting quietly beside a Daisy mum in my garden I watched and captured in photos many of the creatures who frequented the plant.

Green Fly on Daisy mum

Yellow jacket on Daisy mum

 

Beetle on Daisy mum

Jumping Spider on Daisy mum

Spotted Cucumber beetle on Daisy mum

Waso  on Daisy mum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a moment in time and sit outside in a green space or garden. Choose a plant to focus your attention and watch life unfolding around you.

The Case for Sunflowers, As If One Was Needed! Certified Habitat #139,583

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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.

September 18, 2004 flood

 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.

male and female American Gold finch bird on sunflower seed head

Warbler on sunflower seed head
White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.

butterfly on sunflower
Butterfly  on Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunset sunflower

Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.

Sunflower 3

Bumblrbee on self-seeded sunflower

Sunflower 4

 

 

The Certified Wildlife Habitat – Creatures Who Make the Gardens Their Home

At any given moment on any given day

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Creeping-Crawling-Running-Flying

Eastern  Garter Snake

Creatures of both the day and night

White Breasted Nut Hatch

Make these gardens their home

Chipmunk

It is an honor to provide an environment for all to live in harmony

Green frog Lithobates clamitans

In return they provide for us

American Goldfinch bird

A sense of peace

White marked Tussock moth caterpillar

A place for reflection

And connectivity with our Mother, Gaia

 

Black Swallowtail butterfly on Oriental lily
Chipmunk on log

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