Every garden is a sanctuary.
We keep our garden for the lizards, the mice, the doves, the finches, sparrows, wrens, hummingbirds, thrashers, cardinals, and mockingbirds, and for the butterflies and bees.
Because of that, we keep the neighborhood cats out. They’ve got their own yards to prowl, though I’d prefer if they stayed in their homes for the safety of the wild birds and lizards.
One of the best parts of having a garden through the years is getting to know the garden dwellers on an individual basis through the generations. We’re friends with doves and finches who hatched in nests in the garden, as did their grandparents, and we met some of our lizard friends the first summer they hatched.
We love sharing home with the creatures who live here, too.