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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 …

Bird Magnetism with Blossoms

Saturday, May 20, 2017|0 Comments

This is the week each year when we recognise that we can’t keep up with the rate of growth out there in garden-land. It’s also the week when bird migration really gets moving and [...]

Gardening with Audio

Saturday, May 13, 2017|1 Comment

From biblical deluge to warm sunshine and leaves bursting all around us - this week with the addition of bird song audios. First - We have been playing around with the layout and moved the small, [...]

“It’s good for the garden, though …”

Saturday, May 6, 2017|1 Comment

Probably more photographs than words this week … but that’s what most of our readers like, so we’ll press on. After a record setting wet April (another five or six hours and we would [...]

Activity everywhere – and “Bee Flies”

Friday, April 28, 2017|1 Comment

STOP PRESS First Garden Warbler of 2017 Just half an hour before going to blog auto-distribution ... the Warbler Magnet garden waterfall has brought in its first warbler of the year. A beautiful Yellow-rumped [...]

Flowers, flowers … and birds

Sunday, April 23, 2017|0 Comments

Finally - birds are returning, flowers are starting to appear, albeit in small numbers, and buds are swelling as we draw close to the first week of May and the “Great Greening” of spring. [...]

Crocuses and an Errant Rabbit

Friday, April 14, 2017|0 Comments

This week started off almost 20C warmer than just a week ago - the seasonal changes are so fast in North America, almost like throwing a switch to turn the lights on.  Many crocuses [...]