When Carole asked me if I wanted to write a monthly post for Beautiful Wildlife Gardens, I immediately said yes. I am a reader of this blog and Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens and I am honored to be able to post here. So now it is time to write about beautiful wildlife gardens. They say writers should write about what they know, so I will write about Marshview.
Marshview is the name I gave to our Michigan home and garden. Marshview is 2.5 acres of what once was a cow pasture. It got it’s name because the property is surrounded on three sides by wetlands. Our driveway cuts through a narrow stretch of wetland at the front of the property, which is overflow from the lake across the street. Even though this patch of wetland is small, it is home to frogs, turtles, and muskrats. Cattails grow in the wet areas and the wetland border includes cottonwood, willow, and viburnum. I have not landscaped this area so all is there of its own accord.
On the western edge of the property of a hedgerow of trees and on the other side is wetland that wraps around the back of Marshview. This view from the back of the house is what sold me on this property. The wetlands are many acres deep so no homes can be built directly behind us. And I have learned to really appreciate the ecological wonder of this area. No, Marshview does not have views of mountains or a Great Lake or an ocean beach. Marshview does not sit within a prairie or rolling farmland. Marshview’s beauty is much more subtle and almost unnoticeable for you do to view it, you become a part of it. We live smack dab in the middle of a healthy habitat so we share these 2.5 acres with deer, fox, raccoons, rabbits, groundhogs, opossum, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes, coyotes, owls, hawks, many songbirds, geese, ducks, egrets, and sandhill cranes.
How can a gardener create something beautiful in this habitat without causing harm and without providing a tasty buffet for the other residents? I will try to answer that question in this monthly post by sharing the trial and tribulations, the successes and failures, and the simple beauty of Marshview.
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