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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 …

Bursting Blooms

Saturday, June 17, 2017|0 Comments

We are very much getting into the mid-June season of spectacular flowers which, in their turn, are attracting some pretty interesting insects. We think you will enjoy this week's photographs … The week started [...]

General boskiness

Friday, June 9, 2017|0 Comments

Starting on a (not unexpected) down note, the beginning of this week was marked by the appearance - and ceremonial execution - of the first lily beetle of the season. Several more turned up [...]

Lots of flowers – and an ant-eater

Saturday, June 3, 2017|6 Comments

Lots and lots of photographs for everyone this week - not many birds, lots of flowers. We will begin with a short video of "our" Pileated Woodpecker finding an ants' nest ... after that, it's [...]

Warblers, Waterfalls and how to make them.

Friday, May 26, 2017|2 Comments

Spring is advancing as it should - perhaps a bit cooler and wetter than the norm, but that is good for the garden plants at least. Bird migration has been somewhat retarded but at [...]

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, [...]