Do you plan for wildlife in your garden?
First of all, I want to say, if you're the kind of person, who lives in a difficult climate, grows plants that aren't really best in your zone...and spray your gardens...I'm not here to judge anyone. I know this topic sometimes gets controversial, so I don't want to start any arguments :)
This is for those of us, who are fortunate enough to live in areas where nature seems to work with us (most of the time) and not against us. Of course, if you have close neighbors, there's only so much you can control in your own garden.
That being said, who plans for wildlife in their gardens? Do you plant anything to bring in certain insects, birds or animals? Do you plan your garden areas with a space especially for birds to nest or butterflies to feed? I'd love to know what you do in your gardens and if you have a picture you'd like to share...that's wonderful!
I concentrate on planting things specifically for bumblebees and butterflies. I also have a few frogs that migrate up from the creek and lots of birds...although most of them nest down by the water. With all my barn kitties, who can blame them? LOL However, I do plant lots of perennials and shrubs that will provide the birds with food in the fall and winter, so those that don't leave will have a little extra treat.
And of course, there's my little deer buddies...what do you do with them? They're so cute and so far, not too destructive, so I'm still trying to outsmart them (although it's a battle of the wits I don't always seem to be winning) :)
It's so much fun to go out in the garden...and not only see the flowers and other plants, but to enjoy all the wildlife out in the garden. How about you?