Intrepid Gardener Garden Musings is Lesley’s personal thoughts on her garden adjacent to her Prescott home. Mary Ann will share her musings about her garden at her Prescott Valley home too in another post.
One of my favorite things to do in the late afternoon and early evening is to sit on my deck with my cat to unwind and simply observe the garden. While all seems still and quiet at first, it quickly becomes clear that there is a riot of activity going on with bees, butterflies, hover flies, bumble bees, dragon flies, humming birds swooping in, and lizards scurrying about.
Outside my 5′ welded wire fence are cottontails and the occasional jack rabbit, javelina, rarely squirrels or chipmunks, and periodically a resident roadrunner. Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks streak through regularly in hopes of a meal near the bird feeder, yet they are typically thwarted by the lack of sufficiently clear fly way.
To say it is a joy to behold is an understatement! I love the wildness of the garden, both in terms of structure, variety of plants, and animal habitat. In fact, my garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation as it provides food, water, cover and places to raise young. This certification reminds me daily that everything is connected and that caring for the garden and its inhabitants promotes and protects those wonderful connections.
And, since I grow vegetables in plots throughout my native Prescott garden, I have incorporated a diversity of flowering plants that attract a wide variety of pollinators to assure abundant crops. There are penstemons and Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca) to attract hummingbirds. Echinacea purpurea (purple coneflower), Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan), and Buddleia davidii (Butterfly bush) attract butterflies. Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’ is a bee magnet.
My garden reflects me and my style. May you create a garden that reflects you!
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