Wild Thangs

Wild thangs.

That’s Texas-speak for Wildlife Wednesday.

Beginning July 2, 2014, on the first Wednesday of each month, I’m inviting garden bloggers everywhere to post about those wild and wooly (or feathery) visitors we all enjoy (or simply tolerate!) in our gardens.

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Gardeners understand that one upshot of gardening is the increased wildlife visiting and settling in our gardens.  Mostly, we love that.

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Whether we’re particularly fond of insects, birds, mammals, reptiles or amphibians of varying sorts, sustainable gardening requires encouraging wildlife in our gardens.   As habitat is disrupted or destroyed, the home gardener plays an increasingly important role in wildlife preservation through planting for pollinators, planting seed bearing trees and shrubs for birds and mammals, providing cover for protection and the rearing of young and providing fresh water sources.

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Let’s celebrate our wild garden visitors with silly or scientific, informative or artistic blog posts about their visits or living quarters in “our” gardens.

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So, on July 2–don’t be shy.  Post about those bees, butterflies, birds or bears who are in your gardens.  (I’m REALLY hoping for some bear photos!)

This doesn’t count:

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But she would.

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This doesn’t count:

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But he would.

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I know many gardeners curse them but yes, deer count.

And squirrels–I like squirrels,

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they count too.

On Wildlife Wednesday, I’ll ask that you leave a comment on my post with a link to yours so we can enjoy a variety of information about those wild things in our gardens.

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Wildlife Wednesday.  July 2, 2014.

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For more information about how you can encourage wildlife in your gardens, visit Garden For Wildlife  link of the National Wildlife Federation.

Wild thang.  I think I luuvv ya.

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6 thoughts on “Wild Thangs

  1. I love this idea! With the impending birth of our baby boy, I might not manage to post 7/2, but I wanted to let you know this is on my radar.

    I saw a hummingbird visiting our Turk’s Cap yesterday for the first time this year. Probably not his first visit, but it was my first sighting.

    Thanks for hosting, Tina! Seeing wild visitors is one of the special privileges of being a gardener.

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    • Thanks, Mary–it’ll be a privilege to have you aboard–either as a contributor or reader! Attracting wildlife is why so many gardeners plant what we plant and having those critters, like hummingbirds,visit our gardens is also a privilege. All the best for you, your family and your little boy–so exciting!!

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    • I agree-I think it’ll be fun to see who visits which gardens. I’ve had a nice crop of caterpillars on the Fennel this spring and summer and so far, they haven’t eaten it to the ground!

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  2. Ooof. I certainly have a bumper crop of little rainbow grasshoppers this year. Your photo reminded me to take at least a moment to appreciate how gorgeous they are as opposed to the slow burn I am usually doing regarding the damage they inflict. After all, these are their gardens too.

    Looking forward to Wildlife Wednesday and love-love-love your Wild Thang “frame” for the post. Always was and still is one of my very favorite songs!

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    • I get those little grasshoppers here and there. I don’t mind them, but I usually don’t have too many. Did you notice the hole in the leaf just beside the grasshopper. I wonder who did that?? I love that song too–when did we grow up, I wonder….

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