Wildlife and Gardens

So you have a backyard or container garden or are thinking about designing one, and you’re interested in creating a hospitable environment for wild animals?

Maybe you want to create an environment that is “home” for compatible creatures. Perhaps, instead, you have a favourite animal and would like to attract one or more individuals of that species.

Possibly you need to control one or more pests by attracting natural predators such as ladybugs or lacewings. Whatever the motivation, expending a little effort can be rewarding and may give you considerable pleasure. This site provides some interesting garden design options.

Whether they are herbs, flowers, vegetables or mixes of these, gardens have a lot to offer different animal species. Or they may be designed for a particular creature like the hummingbird, or a season such as spring. Gardens afford shelter from the elements and short-term protection from predators. They can house sources of food and water and nesting materials, and some may even offer a habitat in which to mate.

The animals you might want as visitors generally fall into one of three main types: birds, mammals or insects. Occasionally, species from other animal groups, such as spiders, warrant serious consideration for being part of such a habitat.

Of course, there is danger in attracting the “wrong” animals to your garden. We’ve only to witness deer destroying a rose garden or rabbits eating vegetables to understand why caution is warranted.

And there is a general consensus that rats do not provide “added value” as Click here to learn more about osteoporosis garden member. Insect pests can wreak havoc with foliage and become a permanent resident of your garden by repopulating themselves.

Sounds of the Garden

The gentle sigh of the evening breeze through ornamental grasses, the solitary trill of a night bird, the haunting tinkle of wind chimes, the comforting gurgle of a fountain and the stillness of the night itself blend in harmony with the spirit.

This mixture of the man-made and the natural, the fusing of sight, sound, touch, smell and, if added to a goblet of good wine, taste, form a melodic theme for the senses; a true symphony of the soul.

Contrary to what many believe, creating this multi-faceted sonic enhancement to a garden is not restricted to huge yards and fields of flowers.

In fact, even the container garden that you design for your patio, small yard, balcony, porch, rooftop—even your indoor sunroom—is a perfect opportunity to develop an environment filled with unique, pleasing and restful sounds.

A garden’s décor should reflect the gardener’s unique combination of emotions, interests and expressions. So, too, are the sounds of each garden an extension of the image that the gardener has: a realisation of the mind’s song, tailored to the ear and sensitivity of the listener.

What is the essence of the garden? Is it a riot of colour that will make the observer feel alive and vibrant? Is it a place of tranquility where one can spend quiet moments in contemplation and in restoring the inner self?

Perhaps it is an exhibit of the diversity of nature, filled with exotic plants and grasses that both delight and amaze all who would see it?

A fountain for the gardenOr, perhaps, it’s an eclectic blend of the natural world and the world of humans, where creations of people exist in harmony with the creations of the land.

The identity of each garden is as subjective and as individualised as the gardener who tends it. This site focuses on the various “instruments” available to create a symphony unique to the garden’s theme.

Now, let the music begin . . .

Birds, butterflies, ladybugs and squirrels are wonderful guests in a backyard or container garden. Stand on your back porch and watch a family of bluebirds flock to their feeder. Or catch a glimpse of butterflies emerging from their house while you tend to your flowers in the early morning. Or take a great picture of a squirrel hopping up onto her chair to nibble on a corncob.

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