Stephanie’s Wildlife Haven in New Hampshire

Hey GPODers! No preamble from me at the moment, Stephanie included a lovely description together with her submission so we’re leaping proper in:

Hiya! I’m Stephanie and I reside in an lovable brick 1955 house in Exeter, NH. My husband and I’ve been restoring the property for the final 5 years of possession, after years of overgrowth and sick hemlock bushes. We needed to take away the majority of hemlocks within the yard resulting from harm from wooly adelgid, nevertheless it created an open area that inspired jap bluebirds to nest, broad-winged hawks to hunt, pileated woodpeckers to forage in, and a slew of different birds akin to Carolina wrens, home wrens, downy and furry woodpeckers, yellow-bellied woodpeckers, black-throated blue gray warblers, blue-grey gnatcatchers, and lots of others. We even have bobcat, fox, opossum, skunk, bunny, deer, turkey, racoon, and a wide range of amphibians and invertebrates. We even noticed a black bear stroll via the yard final yr!

It’s vital to us to serve the wildlife round us, and we try this a wide range of methods. One is by planting native vegetation in amongst different cultured favorites. Chilly stratifying vegetation within the winter is my favourite–I get to backyard in my kitchen in January, get my arms soiled and odor wealthy soil, after which put the seed trays out into the snow the place nature does the remaining. We hire mason and leaf-cutter bees from Lease Mason Bees so as to add extra native species to our property. We additionally help the opposite native species we’ve recognized, such because the inexperienced sweat bee, with wild patches of grass and flora all around the property. We don’t discourage critters from consuming the backyard–a nibbled backyard proves a various and wholesome habitat. We additionally depart a lot of leaves round and within the gardens, depart the plant stems within the winter and thru a lot of the spring and even summer time, pile brush and branches within the woods, and really hardly ever mow or simply mow small areas of the yard. We do have a tidy property the place it must be, in any other case, it’s allowed to be a bit wild and overflowing with flowers. I planted pearly eternal (Anaphalis margaritacea, Zones 3–8) on the property particularly to host American woman caterpillars–right now of yr there are about 30+ child caterpillars munching away on the plant, making it look fairly horrible. Nevertheless, as soon as these cats flip to butterflies, the plant blooms and regrows its leaves, and the caterpillar cycle begins once more till the autumn. The plant has solely grown in dimension through the years, and we’ve supported numerous butterflies. We additionally develop a wide range of milkweeds, yarrow, columbine, grasses, and asters. We’ve been fortunate sufficient to have many native vegetation simply present up on our land which had nearly no flowers rising after we bought it. We see pussytoes (Antennaria plantaginifolia, Zones 3–9), hawkweed (Hieracium lachenalii), fleabane, bluets (Houstonia caerulea, Zones 3–9), snakeroot (Ageratina altissima, Zones 3–8), Jack-in-the-pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum, Zones 4–9), mosses, clovers, daisies, and so many others. As a substitute of planting a typical grass garden, we’ve added clover or native grass seeds that may develop as they like.

I’ve cherished gardening since I used to be a toddler. My nice Uncle Hans was a florist and had gorgeous gardens, easy, with loads of wildness across the property and probably the most lovely compost pile I’ve ever seen. My mom would construct tunnels with trellised mini pumpkins for my siblings and I to stroll via, and I seemed ahead to the open home at Ellison’s Greenhouses every spring the place I’d decide my favourite Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor, annual) for the backyard. I like seeing violas and foxglove rising the place I didn’t plant them, whether or not it’s on our brick steps lined in moss, in between the brick patio, or in a backyard mattress. I’d love our yard to feel and appear like an ‘English backyard’–filled with thick beds of flowers, vining vegetation trellised alongside the home, and edible vegetation all through.

long row of wild white daisiesWild daisies that planted themselves–fortunate me!

lots of green plants around a houseHosta and a sea of inexperienced candy woodruff (Galium odoratum, Zones 4–9)

close up of various pink flowers growing in a wild gardenBleeding hearts, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and foxglove.

small frog pond with flowers in the foreground and backgroundA do-it-yourself pond for wild frogs, painted turtles, and any critter to get pleasure from. Foxglove and aster within the foreground.

yellow parsnip flowers in the foreground and white wild daisies in the backgroundWe’ve left parsnip within the backyard and allowed it to bloom as it’s a favourite of swallow tail butterflies (foreground) and have began some backyard beds across the wild daisies.

small wren house with bright pink flowers in the foregroundDon’t make the error of posting a wren home under your bed room window–they begin their mornings very early, and regardless of their small dimension, are the loudest, most verbose singers!

close up of slugs eating a leopard plant leafThe leopard plant (Farfugium japonicum, Zones 7–10) is a slug favourite! Joyful to share! The plant does simply high-quality regardless of the exercise, and blooms each different yr.

naturalistic garden bed with lots of pink flowersFoxglove, wild carrot (Daucus carota) (decrease proper), rhododendron, meadow rue (tall on the suitable), wild aster.

Goatsbeard with ferns and other foliage behindGoatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus, Zones 3–8), wild aster, and fern.

a brown slug on Sicilian honey garlic flowersFoxglove, Sicilian honey garlic (Nectaroscordum siculum, Zones 5–10) (previously Allium bulgaricum), and a brown slug.

close up of a metal frog on a moss and fungus covered tree stumpHeuchera(coral bells) with the crimson flower, moss and turkey tail fungus on the stump, spent forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica, Zones 5–9) within the again, left, daylilies within the background.

I don’t assume any of us want these indicators to know that Stephanie is a steward for all of the residing issues that go to her backyard. What a magical place to soak up the marvel of nature. Thanks for sharing your haven for wildlife with us, Stephanie!


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