I’m not sure I can really express the astonishment and thrill that overcomes me with every new wildlife species I discover in my garden. But I’ll say this: the little girl in me reappears with every wonder of nature I encounter. And my garden is still only about 2.5 years old. Me, I’m older.
Recently I found the bizarrest looking creature on a seed pod of my Mexican Redbud. I’d never seen anything like it and didn’t even have a clue how to best describe it to make an online search. But miraculously, found it I did. It’s the caterpillar of a Henry’s Elfin butterfly. I haven’t even seen the butterfly yet, but apparently my Mexican Redbud did.
Just a couple of days ago, I reported at Great Stems the new Texas Spiny Lizards in my garden. And this year I’ve seen more bird species visiting my garden than ever. I even have new ones to report, and I will — as soon as I officially ID them!
I completely judge my success as a gardener by the wildlife I attract. Bonus is when I can also correctly ID said wildlife. Today, I’m feeling pretty gosh-darn successful.
What are the newest wildlife visitors in your garden? Loret, I shouldn’t let you answer this — you always come up with things like Bald Eagles and such!
Meredith O’Reilly gardens for wildlife in Austin, Texas, and writes about her garden adventures at Great Stems.
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