I am not the best gardener in the world. There are always too many weeds in my garden and too few flowers. My vegetable harvests are on the small side. I invariably forget to take care of time-sensitive tasks when they need to be done. I really wish this wasn't the case. But one thing I happily get right is making my garden inviting to critters. I love that we have birds and bunnies living in our hedge! I love watching the raccoons pass through the yard (as long as they don't cause trouble!) It gives me a little thrill to watch butterflies and dragonflies hanging around. I even like the squirrels, although they're more a pain than anything. And I was completely beside myself this morning when I spotted two Monarch butterflies flitting around and feeding on my zinnias! This is the first year I've grown zinnias and they are now officially keepers. I was even more excited that I managed to get some photos of them (click to enlarge)!