Elin’s Downtown Wilderness – FineGardening

We’re off to East Tennessee in the present day to go to with Elin Johnson:

There’s a gate within the fence within the again yard of my apartment in downtown Farragut, Tennessee. Stroll by means of it and you’ll enter a wilderness you may not look forward to finding there. There’s a pathway behind the fence belonging to the householders affiliation, after which the land falls off sharply to a bit stream that flows under.

After I moved right here 5 years in the past, the stream was small, however one summer season it started to get bigger. It’s banks lastly reached the dimensions of a pond. Somebody instructed me beavers had constructed a dam and the water was backing up, however I didn’t consider them.

However then I observed one thing close by that satisfied me. Solely beavers may have accomplished this. This place is proof of the resiliency of nature, and I’d like to point out you extra issues I’ve skilled right here that convinces me of this. My apartment is so near the interstate freeway that I can hear the visitors, and I can see a serious freeway once I stroll my canine. I can see the indicators of an enormous resort and the Cracker Barrel from right here. However wildlife shouldn’t be solely occasional right here however lives right here in abundance.

In the summertime of 2023, my good friend Larry constructed a flowerbed for me alongside the financial institution right down to the water. I planted flowers for the bees and butterflies that reside there. However some issues I planted won’t return this 12 months—bunnies and deer loved consuming them. (Apparently they don’t like marigolds.) However I’ll attempt once more.

Many dragonflies fly about. Butterflies are additionally quite a few right here. One fall a few years in the past there have been numerous monarch butterflies that had been flying south. I counted 13 one afternoon. (I have to plant some milkweed down by the creek.) This black swallowtail is perched on a Verbena bonariensis (Zone 7 – 9 or as annual) flower.

Birds are quite a few—many sorts. I’ve thought for a few years that I-75 is a north-to-south migratory route for the birds, and dwelling this shut has confirmed that. This winter I’ve noticed many warblers which have come to Tennessee for the winter. And different birds will be noticed in spring and fall making their method backwards and forwards. There are bluebirds, towhees, cardinals, chickadees and Carolina wrens that reside right here year-round. After which there are the hawks who make the most of this abundance. They hunt recurrently within the wilderness.

Spring is almost right here!

It’s March now, and the development is starting.

Life in my downtown wilderness is starting to flourish! Marvel what my lovely pure world will show this 12 months? Yearly brings extra surprises.


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