My wife and I made the decision seven years ago to maintain our yard in a natural environment state. We live across the street from a creek that rolls down to Lake Superior, and next to the forest. Our own yard is a mix of 5 to 6 foot tall grasses, wildflowers, and a perennial garden. Two evenings ago I sat about 15 yards from my front door, surrounded by tall grass and near some bee balm. It was a very pleasing interlude … helped by a cold glass of white wine! I was surrounded by tens of butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and many hummingbirds. Here are just two of my visitors.