A photo blog connecting life and the natural world in and beyond the garden.
When you provide … they will come
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.
I have provided a bird bath, installed a small, molded pond as well as creating downspout watering holes.
At every water source animals who share this space come to drink, sun themselves and play.
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.
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.
One by one plants in the garden produce their last flower
Beyond our need to create beautiful spaces
Beyond our need to have color and scent in our lives
Flowers provide a vital link in our existence
Look closer at the flowering plants in your yard
You will be amazed at the variety and number of species that frequent your plantings
But even more amazing is the knowledge that without these pollinators we would not have our orchards, gardens and meditative spaces.
Sitting quietly beside a Daisy mum in my garden I watched and captured in photos many of the creatures who frequented the plant.
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.
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.
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.
Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.
Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.
At any given moment on any given day
Creatures of both the day and night
Make these gardens their home
It is an honor to provide an environment for all to live in harmony
In return they provide for us
A sense of peace
A place for reflection
And connectivity with our Mother, Gaia