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Gardening with Wildlife

In a leafy suburb to the west of Montreal we have worked for twenty years to transform a very basic square of grass 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. Our mixed native and selected horticultural species attract a rich list of 120+ species of birds plus butterflies, moths and other fascinating insects as well as the mammals you might expect. It’s where we garden with wildlife. In our journal we share the seasons and offer ideas to help you bring the birds to your garden and answer the questions we are asked about “how to do it”.

.. and also

Every now and again there’s a post about something non-garden/wildlife-ish … we think you’ll enjoy these interludes when they happen.

Anything more overtly wildlife oriented that does not involve gardening is found on our other website – see www.greenbirding.ca

plus Featured Photography

New for 2018 – We take photographs in the wildlife garden to illustrate the changing seasons but we also take a lot of photographs outside the garden, almost all of plants, wildlife and landscapes. Alongside the regular journal entries we are now showcasing occasional featured images that previously had their own website elsewhere. We are also offering a weekly album of “more than one” image – easier to handle for most people.

**NOTE:  In case you want to skip the “arty” stuff 🙂 the titles of “Featured Photograph” posts are all identified with a camera icon

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Quick links to recent journal entries …

The Garden Journal … and other topics (other than photography)

Not a Productive Gardening Week

Saturday, January 13, 2018|1 Comment

Really this has been a dreadful week for the gardening-inclined. On Monday we had beautiful deep and fluffy snow and temperatures down in the minus-twenties. Nice to look at and the sky was blue [...]

Starting the year – thoughts on bird feeding

Saturday, January 6, 2018|0 Comments

(1) The value of wildlife gardens And so we come to a new gardening year and more opportunities for making our own small or large home patches welcoming to wildlife. We will get to [...]

2017 – A Year in the Wildlife Garden

Saturday, December 30, 2017|2 Comments

A Good Year Thus we come to the end of another year of wildlife gardening in our small suburban "nature reserve". We have enjoyed telling you, week by week, what we have done and [...]

Merry Christmas … from the Garden People to the Garden People

Saturday, December 23, 2017|6 Comments

You will be receiving this on Christmas Eve … whether you pause to read it immediately is another matter but whether you do or not Jean and I wish you all, gardeners, wildlife gardeners [...]

The garden has pulled up its blanket

Saturday, December 16, 2017|0 Comments

Well, that’s is finally that. A small fall of snow last Sunday followed by a mid-week twenty-four hour dump and we think we can say that the gardening season is over and now we can [...]

Recently Featured Photographs

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The Weekly Views (14-20 January 2018)

Saturday, January 20, 2018|4 Comments

A few images from the past seven days ... and that's all (Click any thumbnail below to see images at full size) ** There is no journal entry from the wildlife garden this week [...]

The Weekly Views (7-13 January 2017

Saturday, January 13, 2018|0 Comments

Selected photographs from the past seven days This weeks views ...

Cooper’s Hawk

Sunday, January 7, 2018|0 Comments

This fine Cooper's Hawk was very keen to be photographed when he came and sat in the maple tree overlooking our bird feeders. Lovely birds. People sometimes say that they never see any interesting birds [...]

The Weekly Views (1-6 January 2018)

Saturday, January 6, 2018|0 Comments

Some interesting photographs from the period 1-6 January 2018 (click any thumbnail to see the images at full size) This weeks views ... Snow cushioned in the divided trunk [...]

The Baie-D’Urfé “Ent”

Thursday, January 4, 2018|0 Comments

This old tree stands guard on the shore of the bay, watching the comings and goings of small boats and waterbirds.  The photographers boots filled with snow .... what looked like a promising image [...]