May was a great month for the garden! I spent a lot of time out there and am pleased that it looks as good as it does. It has rained quite a bit and everything is extremely green! I stepped back for some of these photos so you can see the design of the garden more instead of focusing so much on individual flowers. I hope you enjoy taking a tour of the garden, I wish you all could see it in person because the pictures just don’t do it justice. It is like a garden of paradise out there, with so many birds and animals, flowers and fruit, I am truly one lucky gardener!
If you want to attract birds to your backyard there are four things you should strive to provide…food, moisture, cover and housing.
We enjoy watching a variety of birds all year long.
So one of the most asked questions I hear from people in areas with deer is ‘what can I plant that the deer won’t eat!” This is tough for many reasons…deer eat things where they found something edible before (like if they eat your vegetables…and next year you plant poisonous plants there in the same place, they will eat the yew even though they normally wouldn’t) But I have a list of plants that I grow in my yard that are rarely touched by the deer. I would consider the deer pressure in our yard to be moderate…some days there are no deer, about once a week a herd of 7 or 10 come through. Read More
I have been keeping track of everything we have seen in our yard since about 2001. If it is not on the list (unless it is an insect)…then I have not seen it in the yard…some have been close, like a fox I saw down the street, and a raccoon next door, and several bird species flying overhead like gulls and herons…but if it wasn’t in my yard, I did not include it. Also, I have not been in the habit of identifying most of the insect life…my list includes all the butterflies I have seen, but most of the insects, including moths, I have not listed here. Read More
In our quest for more sustainability, with one of our primary goals involving growing our own food, we’ve got a couple of things going for us already: Mary loves plants,has a knack for growing them, and a few years back we invested in some improvements to our yard that included a number of raised beds and planting areas.
However, is is only recently that we’ve changed our thinking to more edible landscape plants. The earlier years of Mary’s graden focused more on ornamental plants and aesthetic priorities. Read More