nature at the back door

The monster-from-a-horror-flick stage
of a lady bug’s life

In my office, I’ve arranged it so that from my desk I look out into the backyard. My husband and I have removed most of the lawn and whats left contains more clover than grass – which the neighbour’s bees love when it’s blooming. Raised garden beds now dominate the space. In the spring, I’ll plant them with veggies. Right now, they contain remnants of last summer’s garden – kale, parsnips and turnips ready for harvest. Plus, one bed is currently home to our crazy chickens (crazy because as soon as one catches sight of me, they all come running). We also have berry bushes and herbs waiting for spring.

Now that there is a variety of landscape, nature has moved in (we don’t apply any nasty chemicals in our yard). I’ve observed the full cycle of a ladybug’s life from it’s monster-from-a-horror-flick larvae stage to its glossy-red-poka-dotted adult stage. Jumping spiders and bee flies visit, neither of them stay still long enough for me to get a good photo. A hummingbird has taken up residence in the holly behind the fence. A Bewick’s wren raised a family in a pile of cedar branches which we almost carted off to the dump (we noticed the birds just in time). I’m looking forward to the day I see a garter snake move in to help with the slugs. Someday, frogs would be nice too.

Producing tasty fruit and veggies is my goal for the backyard, but, it’s nice to see creatures finding a home in my yard. Even in winter, lots of creatures are making use of the yard.

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