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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 …

Spiders … and Nice Weather for Gardening

Saturday, September 16, 2017|0 Comments

Now we have reached mid-September we are already seeing, in neighbouring gardens, the armies of neatnick gardeners (and garden contractors) intent on making the world “tidy” before winter. So annoying, so unnecessary … they [...]

Passing Warblers and Big Bees

Saturday, September 9, 2017|2 Comments

The week started with NO Japanese beetles being found and fingers crossed that their season had finally come to an end … it also started with a Bay-breasted Warbler in one of the Rowan [...]

Falling into a Warbling Week

Sunday, September 3, 2017|2 Comments

As the weather cools down (thank goodness) the first tints of autumn are beginning to appear and many leaves are starting to look tired. We have a large bank of mixed dogwoods on the [...]

Fall Migration in the Garden

Saturday, August 26, 2017|0 Comments

It's been another week of late summer young birds and assorted insects … the garden itself is full of colour at the moment with bright yellows, reds and blues fighting each other for the [...]

Young Birds and Changing Seasons

Friday, August 18, 2017|1 Comment

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 [...]