Who's in your garden?
Gardening. It's one of the most peaceful activities you can enjoy. The solitude of the plants, the sun, fresh air, and the fragrance of flowers.
Then you look around. "Wait," you say. "Who took a bite out of that tomato?" "What was that sting on my leg?" "Did I just see a Garden Fairy disappear behind a flower?" "Is that a dinosaur?"
You are not alone!
Turns out, you're never really alone in the garden, and in Creatures and Critters, the fifth book from author Carol J. Michel, she explains why that's a good thing. Usually. It depends on the critter. And the circumstance. Helpfully, Carol gives tips for which animals to welcome with an open gate and which ones might be relocated elsewhere (such as the neighbor's yard).
Welcome those critters!
You might be wondering: just how do you welcome or ward off those creatures and critters? Well, with plants, of course! In this book, you'll learn how Hosta 'Empress Wu' protects her subjects (chipmunks) and what to grow to entice rabbits to eat in the lawn, not the vegetable patch. You'll learn about the magical powers of the common columbine growing in your mixed border and what to plant as your dinosaur's preferred tree cover.
Watch out for rabbit holes!
But wait -- there's more! Gardens are, in fact, busy places. Creatures and Critters isn't just about furry or feathered friends. It's also about you, dear reader. It's about the books you might enjoy paging through after you encounter wild things in your garden, the stories that bubble up inside of you when you hear about Carol's sister's iguana, and the flowers and shrubs, worms, trees, and songbirds that you start noticing outside your window.
You'll change your whole gardening attitude.
One thing's certain: after reading Creatures and Critters you'll never experience your garden in the same way again, because suddenly, you'll know it isn't just a garden. It's an entire universe waiting to be discovered.
"Strolling through "Creatures and Critters" is like walking through May Dreams Garden with Carol herself, conversing about the flora, fauna, and fairies, who reside within her garden boundaries. A perfect book for first-time gardeners and children hesitant about wildlife and insect visitors, Carol reminiscences about the ups and downs, benefits and hitches, of gardening with nature. Easy to open to any page and start reading, you will want to begin on page one and read every chapter just so you don't miss the fairies popping in and out. Carol always provides delightful wit and humor in her books, along with sage advice, making "Creatures and Critters" a must-have for the garden library." Teresa Watkins, Landscape designer and garden author www.she-consulting.com
"Charming and delightful read for gardeners and non-gardeners of all ages. How could a book not be when it includes three chapter by garden fairies? At the other end of the spectrum, what to do about the Elephant in the garden and why every garden (particularly a children's garden) should have a dinosaur. Along the way, Carol slips in practical and learned-from-experience advice." Carolyn Roof, Garden columnist for the Paducah Sun