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 food throughout the garden. Rabbits nibble on the bark of shrubs when they venture out.
The bird houses are empty and covered with snow, but my bluebirds are defending their own. The brood that was hatched here this year have been visiting the garden daily spreading joy for us as we see them.
The birds that visit find suet, berries and seeds galore since I have replaced many exotics with native plants and shrubs. I have been meaning to plant a large native evergreen that I can decorate for the birds and squirrels. My squirrels seem to find lots of bounty that they have stashed all over under the leaf litter we do not rake up.
The rest of the critters have either migrated or are hibernating waiting for spring relying on the twig, leaves and plant debris we do not clean up this time of year.
It is important to remember the critters who inhabit the world with us. Feeding the critters all year using natives and some feeders, planting more native plants, using no chemicals….these are the gifts we can give our wildlife.
If you want to do one thing please consider using no chemicals and planting milkweed so we do not lose our wonderful monarch butterflies. Consider this holiday season, what gift you will give to our earth.
A good conscience is a continual Christmas. ~Benjamin Franklin
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