A Spectacular Success Story of Habitat Gardening: From weeds and rocks to Wildflowers and Wildlife.
One of our members named Neil lives in Buellton, California. He built a new home there about seven years ago, and had plenty of space. But he wasn't satisfied with his acreage, so set about working hand in hand with nature to turn his land into wildlife habitat.
The results speak for themselves. Today, when people visit, they all call his paradise-like landscape beautiful. And his other guests, the wildlife, call it home.
Wildflowers: All over the property, Neil enjoys blooms from various wildflower species he has planted over the last few years. In the photo above, Annual Lupine (Lupinus succulentus), "Rocket Larkspur" (Delphinium ajacis), and multicolored Baby Snapdragon(Linaria maroccana) join with native California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) to make a magnificent scene.
Here’s the story in the words of the man who created this wonderful living habitat:
“When I opened the back door of the new house I saw nothing but weeds and potential. The sight beckoned me to come and involve myself with...?
I had no idea what I was going to do. But I knew that it could all be changed, improved. I observed some birds, lots of weeds, some oak trees, lots of weeds, some native plants, lots of weeds.
I very much wanted to increase everything but the weeds. In fact, I wanted to get rid of the weeds, plant more oaks, natives and wildflowers, and thereby create a wildlife habitat. And over the last seven years I have done just that.