For The Love of a Tree


  Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.  ~Chinese proverb       You may remember last year I wrote about the plight of our ash trees.   It was just about this time, in early spring, that we were saying goodbye to 4 of our mature ash trees […]

Abundant Nature


  “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Maya Angelou     With spring making its slow creep into our area, I have been taking time to make more observations in my wildlife garden.  Being newly retired with no plans at the […]

Wildlife Boundaries


  “There is something in living close to the great elemental forces of nature that causes people to rise above small annoyances and discomforts.”- Laura Ingalls Wilder     For most of my life, I thought of wildlife as something you saw only in the wild.  I was introduced to wildlife and nature as a […]

Welcoming Critters: The Fantastic Mr. Fox


  “The fox never found a better messenger than himself.” Irish Proverb         During an unusual January thaw that saw warmer temps and pouring rain, we were witness to a fabulous sight, our resident red fox (Vulpes vulpes), the largest of the fox family and most widely seen throughout many parts of […]

The Circle of Life In My Garden

Downy Woodpecker

  “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  ~R. Buckminster Fuller       As the snow has piled up and the mercury has dipped into sub zero digits, I have been contemplating what will be next in changes for […]

Wildlife Holidays


  He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith       I am reminded this time of year as I am gathered with family, cooking, eating, telling stories with hugs and tears that my wildlife garden is still alive with magic.  Deer are finding […]

All That Twitters is Gold


Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.  ~Victor Hugo       With the change in seasons, many birds come and go in my garden.  Spring brings the hummingbirds, robins, orioles and red-winged blackbirds.  In fall […]

Welcoming Critters-Monarch Paradise


  I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?  ~Zhuangzi     When I first started my wildlife garden, it was to attract more wildlife […]

Welcoming Critters: Dancing Dragons


  Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky. ~Dante Gabriel Rossetti       This year the butterflies were strangely absent.  There was but a handful in my wildlife garden compared to other years.  There were lots of bees and flies, and so many birds nesting.  But […]

Welcoming Critters-Hummers Delight

Female trying to land on monarda to rest

  In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous  ~Aristotle     This summer we have been getting up close and personal with the hummingbirds in the garden.  Here in my little slice of heaven we have but one species, the ruby-throated hummingbird.  But oh what a delight is this glittering bird. […]

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