Can attracting something wild be relaxing?

Gourds make good, organic birdhouses.

A question that's often asked at this time of year is, "How do I attract birds and butterflies?” This is a great question because the answer is, "Install plants and invite them!”

We live close to Lake Erie and that makes it is truly easy attract and view migrating birds and have them visit annually. I slice up oranges and stake them on driftwood or hang them on the branches of flowering shrubs like lilacs to attract Baltimore Orioles. This vibrant orange and black bird arrives in my neighborhood in late April through mid-May and feeds happily on my oranges.

I grow Birdhouse Gourds, dry them and hang them out on tree branches. Wrens, Finches and Chickadees can’t wait to take up residence in these organic homes. Birds love to splash in water and I recommend creating a small pond. Water lilies add an exotic look to the water feature but are a real “no-brainer” to grow.

The American Bullfrog loves hanging out atop my lilies waiting for flying snacks! When you make the effort to invite wildlife, you’ll find that just observing nature can sooth the day’s stresses.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.19.2011