The view from my bedroom window this morning.
Lovely even though they are sharing the harvest. Your attitudes do change when gardening – first thought lovely butterfly, second new garden thought get off my veges! Guess everyone has to work out their own balance, can I grow extra to share with wildlife?, but then again wildlife is pretty good at exploiting gaps, leaving nothing for the gardener. In good times share, and make notes for bad times when you can’t afford to share much.
Once they finish with your tree they’ll fly down here and get stuck into my figs.
I don’t mind though… they remind me of childhood holidays on the Gold Coast.
Are they paying for the fruit by leaving poop under the tree to fertilise it, at least?? The beauty of nature!
Your attitudes do change. I do remember when I first moved here 30 years ago and had a beautiful open garden with no fencing at all, over the next ten years building it up to a commercial scale. I was somewhat arrogant about farmers and their attitudes to wildlife and wildlife habitats. Over the next 10 years I came to realise I had only been able to have a commercial scale unfenced garden because the wildlife had been so comprehensively decimated. After 30 years now of protecting wildlife and building habitat, I’m in the situation where all my food production needs to be Alcatraz fenced and netted over the top, and still my most time consuming garden job is fence mending. The numbers just don’t stack up for doing this at a commercial scale. It is ironic, and I’m still working out what a good green relationship with wildlife would be like in an ideal world.
Ha ha! Can’t bring myself to think nice thoughts about cockatoos. They used to be birds…… Now they are the evil orchard monsters!
Silly me, I tried yet again to grow a couple of strawberries for myself. My vegie garden is fully fenced against bandicoots and such like but birds are another matter…… I was even in the garden at the time when the lorrikeet attacked my one ripe strawberry….. Joy
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