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Gardening with Wildlife

A Milkweed - specifically

A Milkweed – specifically “Butterflyweed” (Asclepia tuberosa)

A Garden and Wildlife Journal from West of Montreal

In a leafy suburb to the west of Montreal we have worked for almost twenty years to transform what was once 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.

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. We will gradually make some of our experiences available here in the months ahead. There is something here 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). We write about what we see each week, the plans we have for improving the site and 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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We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your interest.
Richard & Jean

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Quick links to the most recent posts in the Garden Journal …

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 [...]

Soggy Days full of interest

Saturday, April 8, 2017|4 Comments

The birds are returning and flowers are popping up. March both came and went like a lion with seemingly unending bouts of heavy snow interspersed as the month went on with rain … such [...]

The birds know spring is coming

Friday, March 31, 2017|0 Comments

This week started with the appearance of some exposed areas of grass and leaf-litter without snow - still a lot to melt away and now at the end of the week we are promised [...]

One step forward, one back …

Saturday, March 25, 2017|1 Comment

It’s still not spring … Friday saw yet another dump of snow, not a huge one like last week’s but enough to be a nuisance. A month ago, 23 February to be exact, a tiny [...]

Snow, snow, more snow and birds

Friday, March 17, 2017|0 Comments

Last week we had a good area of snow-free ground and were getting excited about possibilities for the next few days despite some bone-breaking night temperatures, a distinctly colder than usual for the date [...]