Its another beautiful hot sunny day and I am sat in the shade drinking yummy elderflower cordial that I made yesterday. Its so refreshing and delicious.
Our garden is informal, with a variety of trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and wildlife habitats. This garden has places where wildlife can feed, drink, rest and produce their young. It has many wild areas in it, but that doesn’t mean it is scruffy. This garden is as beautiful as any formal garden, and I would say it is richer for having so much wildlife.
The trees create dabbled shade, perches for birds, blossom for the bees and fruit for the wildlife.
The hedges create wildlife corridors, a place for nesting and shelter and the honeysuckle weaving through it attracts the hummingbird moth.
Long grass creates habitats for grasshoppers, spiders and other small creatures to hide in. An upturned plastic pot saucer makes a great places for grasshoppers to bask. And the grass at the moment is covered in cuckoo spit.
Ponds are another great way of attracting wildlife no matter how big or small. It is home to newts, frogs and other pondlife and so the back of the pond is kept wild with a brash pile, upturned plant pots, leaf litter and bug boxes.
The compost heap is great for wildlife to providing both food and shelter to many animals. The birds love to sunbath there and pick up tasty worms and bugs to eat.
An area of the garden is left completely wild. There are log and brash (cut branches) piles here which create fantastic habitats for hedgehogs, wood mice, shrews, voles and invertebrates….. There is also alot of leaf litter here which is great for snails, woodlice, variety of bugs and of course fungi in the Autumn.
The prettiest parts of the garden are the wildflower areas. These areas are beneficial to bees, butterflies, ladybirds, shield beetles….There are foxgloves, poppies, buttercups, daisies, campion, columbine and hedge woundwort, just to name a few. These also provide shelter for other creatures and they look beautiful.
Even if you have a small garden or a tidy garden there is still something you can do for wildlife. Put up a bug box or nest box, make a plant pot of wildflowers, get a bird bath or leave a bit behind the shed to go wild.
The possibilities are only limited by your imagination 🙂