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I've recently moved onto 1.6 acres of old dairy land in the country. I'm having a great time turning it into my dream garden/yard. It's going to be a butterfly, bird & bug habitat & sanctuary -- wildflower meadows, informal gardens, wooded edges & islands of trees, a wild & rambling sort of place. Currently, I'm focused on adding butterfly host plants and flower/berry producing trees, srubs, and perennials.
Have you ever sat in the high grass with the sun on your shoulders, and just watched the bugs? I do -- regularly! It's amazing how many creatures live in my non-chemically-treated meadow - predators & prey. The dragonflies and damselflies are a few of my favorites.
I'm a lazy gardener -- I keep the back-breaking chores to a minimum. I'm planting natives and stuff that will grow well without pampering in this area. My rationale is: if it doesn't thrive, let's try something else. Well, except for a few favorites, which I've clumped into my "okay, I'll water these" area.
My gardening interests include wildflowers & cottage garden types, orchids, native plants/xeriscaping, ponds, bog gardens, carnivorous plants, and studying the habitats & ecosystems in the world around me.
I'm an avid birdwatcher, but I'll watch reptiles, bugs, fish, and all sorts of critter with equal enthusiasm. I love exploring the woods, wetlands, mountains, deserts & harsh environments, the Pacific coast ... watching, identifying & understanding the plants & animals of these places is a great interest to me.
My two Australian Shepherd dogs are dear friends and constant companions. I also have a sweet housekitty, a rainforest vivarium with 2 dart frogs, a panther chameleon named Elliot, various fishes, and a corn snake.
I thank God for giving me eyes and a heart to see -- and appreciate -- this awesome world He's created! It's great to find other gardeners to appreciate it with!
I live in: United States
My zone is: Z8 WA
My favorite forum 1 is Butterfly Garden.
My favorite forum 2 is Native Plants.
First registered on March 28, 2004 .