Synopses & Reviews
Includes bibliographical references (p. 238) and index.
To see wildlife in your garden you have to know what is there, what it looks like, and what it might be doing at any given time. The book opens with advice on how to hone observational skills so you recognize not just the insects but also their predators, and take note of the diversity of pollinators from the familiar honeybees to the low-temperature bumblebees and late-night moths. Discussions of plants and animals are followed by similarly detailed studies of soil, seasonal change, ecology, water, and garden visitors. The book's principles apply to gardens anywhere in the world, although the species and events observed will obviously vary with each garden's location. The Natural History of a Garden will enhance the garden naturalist's awareness with its strange-but-true facts, extraordinary statistics, and fascinating revelations into how a garden works.
Offers advice on how to improve observational skills to recognize insect and animal garden visitors and includes information on such topics as soil and seasonal change.
Table of Contents
Gardens and natural history -- Navigation of the garden -- Plants in the garden -- Garden animals -- What goes on in the soil -- Seasonal change -- Ecology -- Control in the garden -- Water in the garden -- Visitors -- Gardens for children.