Zoos just don’t do it for me – all those bars. But in my garden I’m thrilled by the commonest critters. Like the hummingbirds that have finally found my feeder. And the goldfinches that are all over the seed heads of my purple coneflowers. To me, this is exciting stuff.
Then over the weekend I visited a somewhat larger garden (200 acres) and could NOT stop watching these horses, or touching them.
Of course the most hated garden critter in suburbia nowadays is probably the common deer, and I too utter unprintable curses when I see my chomped-on hostas. And if they ever touch my oakleaf hydrangea I’ll be tempted to join the NRA.
But still, if I happened upon this friendly deer while walking my dogs, I’d respond just like this guy.
If gardening were just about tending plants I might actually enjoy houseplants. But it’s about growing plants outdoors in nature, where I can hear buzzing and humming and those cool sounds the cicadas are making, and where I can watch animals go about their daily lives. Sure I love my indoor cats, pudgy little beggars that they are, but they’re not exactly creatures of nature.
So readers, what wildlife encounters make YOUR day?Susan Harris on September 4, 2008 at 12:02 pm, in the category Real Gardens.