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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 …

Young Birds and Changing Seasons

Friday, August 18, 2017|0 Comments

The Gardeners are back from a superb week’s birding on Grand Manan (if that sort of thing interests you there is a short series of posts with photographs of birds and the like at [...]

Autumn is coming

Saturday, August 12, 2017|0 Comments

A very brief entry this week - We returned home from a week of hard-core birding on Grand Manan island to thunderstorms and a lot of rain ... so no watering to do! During [...]

The Gardeners are on Vacation

Tuesday, August 1, 2017|1 Comment

The garden is looking after itself, as are the creatures that live in it. We have gone away for a few days to enjoy the southern migration of shorebirds in the Bay of Fundy. [...]

Seasonal changes

Saturday, July 29, 2017|1 Comment

This week we were very much aware of seasonal plant succession as early summer blooms begin to give way to our mid-summer flowers. The dark pink lilies have now finished blooming and their place [...]

Beetles and Butterflies

Saturday, July 22, 2017|4 Comments

The invasion of the Japanese Beetles continues in full flow this week and the cumulative totals already exceed those for the same date from last year - and last year we ended up with [...]

Cool Summers Grow Wonderful Gardens

Saturday, July 15, 2017|1 Comment

At the beginning of the week we became aware of the first of this summer’s Cicadas, all “sawing” away in the trees. Very much the sound of summer for us. We are being visited [...]