Portrait of a Gardener: For the Love of Birds
Ron Tomlinson - Toronto, Ontario
Many of the plants in my garden are previously loved, or rescues from the street that were nurtured back to life. The juniper topiary was sourced from Craigslist from a couple who were redesigning their backyard space. The goat's beard came from the lady across the street. I have picked up a few others on Mother's Day, which is a great day for free plants on the street. Many people are out working on their garden at that time of year and place all the plants in a box and by the curbside.
Thoughts on gardening
Gardening is for the birds. I love birds. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers frequent the suet log and suet blocks. We've had Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, White-breasted Nuthathces, Purple Finches, House finches as well as a Scarlet Tanager and a Great Horned Owl. In the winter I twist tie spray millet to the tips of the crab apple branches so that the chickadees and sparrows have a supply of seed without having to battle with the squirrels. In the summer when I am down on my knees pulling out the weeds there are birds around me chirping away. I think it is a magical place.
Photo credits: Barbara Ozimec and Mikael Lavogiez