Expect the unexpected……

There are always surprises in a wildlife garden and even though I have been gardening this way for many years now, unexpected things can still happen.  For several years I have grown a variety of scabious in the borders here as it is a great bumblebee attractant.  This summer however, it is providing food for birds as well.  As soon as the seeds started to set a family of bullfinches was there, dragging the long stalks down with their weight in order to get at the seeds.  A pair and a juvenile male were around in the garden every day and by the end of the week were becoming quite bold and feeding close to my office window.  A goldfinch also appeared from time to time, showing how birds can learn from each other where a new food source appears.  It’s a privilege to have these beautiful birds around and feel we are proving a habitat for them.

About wildlifegardening

Jenny Steel was a Plant Ecologist at Oxford University before becoming a writer. She has more than 20 years experience of writing about and teaching ecology, natural history and wildlife gardening. She is also a photographer, journalist and former plant nursery owner, and a lecturer and tutor in adult education. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television programmes including Gardener’s World with Alan Titchmarsh, and she presented a series of items on the BBC 2 gardening show, How Does Your Garden Grow. She has worked with and written for a variety of organisations including the Royal Horticultural Society, Natural England, Atropos, Ernest Charles, the Adult Residential Colleges Association (ARCA), Haiths, Usborne Books, Complete Gardens, Oxfordshire County Council, the charity Growing Native and several of the Wildlife Trusts. She is also the Garden Bird Guru for the wild bird food company JustAddBirds of which she was a co-founder. The Emmy Award winning film company Panache Productions are currently making a film about her wildlife garden in South Shropshire. She has written 10 books on wildlife gardening. Her website can be found at www.wildlife-gardening.co.uk and her bird food company at www.JustAddBirds.co.uk
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