Wildlife-friendly Gardening

frog in a pond

Wouldn’t our gardens be desolate places without wildlife visiting?

I love the great advice in Alexandra Campbell’s “Notes From My Garden”, to be found each week in the “Friend”, and included in September 8 issue is a tip on wildlife-friendly gardening.

A surprise visitor

Well, just last week, while standing at the kitchen sink mundanely washing dishes, my day was instantly cheered when I spotted a frog in our little pond doing the breaststroke. I was “riveted” to the spot, revelling watching this little fellow swimming round and round in circles.

Then it dawned on me, my little web-toed friend may have been looking for a way out!


The Great Escape

I called to my other half asking if he had a plank of wood to offer an escape route and, needless-to-say he thought I was being ridiculous, but humoured me anyway.

Not one to do things by half, he found a baluster rather than a mere plank of wood to offer a grand exit.

In under five minutes my froggy friend had found the path to freedom and frog-leaped his way to the safety of shrubbery. It wasn’t until I found myself humming “I want to break free”, that I realised I’d subconsciously named him Freddie!

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Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.