Creating a wildlife haven one plant at a time

Monday, November 30, 2009

Japanese Maple ... Happy Thanksgiving

We went away for the Thanksgiving holiday and while we were gone the Japanese Maple that we planted last year decided to show off. After unpacking the car, I looked out the kitchen window to see a mass of beautiful, bright red leaves just glowing. I took some pictures early this morning to share.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

the beginings of gardening for wildlife

Today I am sure no one needs to be told that the more birds a yard can
support, the fewer insects there will be to trouble the gardener the following
year.- Thalassa Cruso

I have lots of birds which grace my yard...Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Nuthatches, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Carolina Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird to name a few. For the most part the birds are feed from my many feeders or what nature provides in the form of rabbits, mice, snakes, insects....

My desire to expand the offerings by gardening for wildlife has resulted in researching various plant options that will attract birds by providing a source of food, protection and place to raise their family. My most recent purchase is a Callicarpa 'Early Amethyst' bush for my woodland garden. It has very showy purple fruit right now that will last into winter. In summer it will add some color in the garden with its lilac flowers. I am very excited about this new addition and have already witnessed birds inspecting the berries!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

fern boxes

With the cooler weather upon us and the skies increasingly clouded my gardening activities have moved from outdoors to indoors. My ever so handy husband has built a wonderful wooden planter box. In the box I incorporated three varieties of fern: a stag horn, maidenhair and a button fern with some sphagnum moss. A little water and lots of misting is in order now. This one was such a success new box designs are underway and more ferns have been purchased at phenomenal prices at a local nursery. Now we just need to find the right window light to hang them and we will be enjoying the beautiful foliage all winter long.

Friday, November 6, 2009

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." - Nathaniel Hawthorne
It was a beautiful fall day today so I took a few photos of the backyard. Some of the trees are a little past peak but it is beautiful all the same. My azalea bushes are blooming profusely as you can see. All the rain we have had this fall has really helped bring out some striking blooms.