Mia got a fishing pole for Christmas this year. Ever since then, we’ve been itching to get out and do some fishing.
Arriving in Lindsborg, Kansas (Little Sweden, USA), after driving through my previous hometown of Emporia, we were greeted by Dala horses on every corner.
A popular symbol of Sweden, this herd of Dala horses were cast in large fiberglass forms and are hand-painted by local artists. Each is publicly displayed and has a distinctive pun-filled name.
Returning to Kansas the first week in May to attend a Glamping Farmgirls on the Loose event was a trip down memory lane for me. Emporia, Kansas is where Lucas and I spent our newlywed year. Of course, it was all love and roses that first year, so Kansas was pretty darn good to me. En route to our event the first week in May, we made sure to stop along my old stomping grounds.
Did you know that May is Garden for Wildlife Month?
Now that you know THAT …
How you gonna celebrate?
Photo by SiefkinDR via Wikimedia Commons
You know it don’t matter none if you have a sprawlin’ farm or a teensy tiny apartment balcony, you can grow a garden of beautiful blooms for the birds and the bees, butterflies, and other wild neighbors.
Photo by Forest Wander via Wikimedia Commons
Why fill a hummingbird feeder when you can offer flowers instead?
Photo by Charlesjsharp via Wikimedia Commons
And, if you live in an urban setting, your garden will help restore a little oasis of nature where mostly concrete prevails. Just ask this cozy mourning dove …
Photo by Louis Bennett via Wikimedia Commons
The National Wildlife Federation offers the following tips for tailoring your garden to wildlife (click on a tip to learn how):
- Provide Food for Wildlife
- Supply Water
- Create Cover
- Give Wildlife a Place to Raise Young
Once you’ve established these four essential elements to make a healthy and sustainable wildlife habitat, the NWF encourages you to join thousands of gardeners across the country who have qualified for the Certified Wildlife Habitat program.
Now THAT’S somethin’ to celebrate!
We’ve had the most beautiful weather this past week. While Mom and NannyJane were traveling to a farmgirl glamping gathering in Kansas (stay tuned for their posts), Dad took Mia, me, and our pup camping last weekend.