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Gardening with Wildlife

A Milkweed - specifically

A Milkweed – specifically “Butterflyweed” (Asclepia tuberosa)

In a leafy suburb to the west of Montreal we have worked for almost twenty years to transform what was originally a somewhat uninteresting square of grass with a few trees and shrubs into 15,000 square feet of bosky, varied wildlife habitat that is also full of enough traditional garden plants to gladden the heart of any “real” gardener. Today it is has spring to fall colour and yes, we even have some lawn. Most importantly, it isn’t on the edge of a marsh or backing onto wild countryside miles from anywhere. It certainly isn’t huge. It’s just a regular, medium sized suburban garden that nowadays has an unusually rich and varied list of some 111+ species of birds and innumerable butterflies, moths and other fascinating insects as well as all the suburban and peri-urban mammals you might expect. It’s the sort of place anyone could garden with wildlife.

Over the years we have given presentations to local groups in which we talk about how anyone can get started in wildlife, and especially bird, gardening. There is something on this site for everyone, visitors, gardeners and simply those who enjoy what we enjoy. We publish a weekly post about the plants in the garden (starting in January 2017) and the plans we have for improving the site plus new and better ways to encourage the birds and other creatures that live or visit here. We hope you will find our material interesting and informative.

You are invited to Follow our weekly journal through the year by sending us your email address (see below). Dive into the accompanying pages to read how that original square of grass has become today’s rich wildlife garden – you will find useful ideas to help you bring the birds to your garden and answer the questions we are often asked about “how to do it”. If you don’t have a garden to work in please feel welcome to enjoy ours as the seasons change and birds come and go.

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Quick links to recent journal entries …

Birds and Berries

Saturday, November 18, 2017|0 Comments

At the start of the week we noticed that despite temperatures barely rising above freezing for several days and, in fact, achieving a record low temperature for the date in this area, the Japanese [...]

Cold at Last

Saturday, November 11, 2017|0 Comments

The week began with warnings that “winter is coming” and ended with it being here in spades. At least we had a warning and were able to spend time doing final garden winterizing. An [...]

Almost too busy for gardening

Saturday, November 4, 2017|0 Comments

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot” … all that and the municipal elections mean that not much has been achieved in the garden this week that is worthy of mention. [...]

Lots of flowers still in bloom

Saturday, October 28, 2017|0 Comments

Still warm and sunny this week (for the most part) - there is still at least one Cicada whining in the trees although its motor was clearly starting to run down. Remarkable the number [...]

Blog 2 Test Post

Tuesday, October 24, 2017|0 Comments

This is simply an experiment. Occasionally I want to post something of general interest that is nothing to do with gardening or wildlife and it would be nice if I could avoid "scaring the [...]

A Green Autumn

Saturday, October 21, 2017|2 Comments

Despite two mornings that started with a light air frost and white roofs we have yet to have enough nighttime cold to even put a skin of ice on the bird bath and temperatures [...]