A hedgehog in my garden

Un hérisson dans mon jardin
A hedgehog in my garden

English version below the picture

Un hérisson dans mon jardin.

 Il y a deux jours ,Janine marchait dans les allées du jardin en essayant de voir si les graines que nous avions semées germaient. Après la longue sécheresse et malgré quelques récents jours de pluie, rien ne sortait de la terre à l’exception de quelques rares plantes. Je dois dire que ces pluies récentes ont été accompagnées de basses températures.

  Soudain, les yeux de Janine rencontrèrent une sorte de boule hérissée de piquants. C’était un hérisson. Et cette gentille bête regardait Janine avec ses petits yeux vifs. C’était charmant

  Cette rencontre fit plaisir à Janine et elle poursuivit joyeusement son chemin dans la paix du jardin.   Quand elle revint, elle revit le hérisson, mais cette fois, il dormait à moitié et sa tête était a demi cachée dans la boule de poils. Janine a compris qu’il fallait au hérisson un peu de repos avant de chasser et de manger les limaces et les escargots prêts à dévorer nos jeunes plantes ou laitues !! Elle a donc pris une photo avec son téléphone portable de cet animal amical

Qui n’aime pas un hérisson?  Si humble, avec sa jolie tête couverte de poils roux et ses yeux étincelants?

The half sleeping hedgedhog. Le hérisson dormant a demi , photo Janine Fauquet Avril 2019

A hedgehog in my garden.

Two days ago, Janine was walking down the garden paths trying to see if the seeds we had planted were germinating.  After the long drought and despite of some  recent wet days nothing was out from the earth excepted some scarce plants . . I have to say those recent rains were accompanied by low temperatures.

 Suddenly Janine’s eyes met a kind of bristly bowl. It was a hedgehog. And this kind animal was looking at Janine with her small, lively eyes. It was charming

This meet made Janine pleased and she continued happily on her way in the peace of garden.

When she came back she met again the hedgehog but this time it was half sleeping  and its head was half  hiden into the bowl of bristles. Janine understood the hedgehog needed a rest before to chase and eat the slugs and snails ready to devoure our young plants or lettuces !! So she took a photo with her cell phone of this friendly animal .

Who does not love a hedgehog ?  so humble, with its pretty head covered with red hair and its sparkling eyes?

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103 Responses to A hedgehog in my garden

  1. Tribo, OCarm says:

    she or he is so cute…

  2. Angela Im says:

    What a great discovery! Cute hedgehog🦔 napping before devouring your young plants and veggies-lol

  3. Aw! What a cutie! They do have such sweet faces! 🙂
    I hope he/she will continue to be a good helper in the garden! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing the photo! It is a smile-bringer! 🙂
    HUGS!!! for you and Janine! Waves for the hedgehog! 😛

  4. A lovely find for Janine. I’ve never personally met a hedgehog but think they are so cute and sweet! I didn’t know they are gardeners . I’m so glad she caught this one with her camera and that you shared it ! It makes me smile. Love ❤️

  5. murisopsis says:

    I don’t think we have any wild hedgehogs here – only the pet shop variety that don’t get very big. The biggest one I’ve seen was the size of a grapefruit! Wonderful that you have a helper in the garden!!

  6. mrswrangler says:

    That would be a new one at our place. We have frogs all the time in the warmth and unfourantly snakes. Rabbits, squirrels, and birds year around. Some occasional visitors are turtles, skunks, raccoons, deer, coyotes, and opossum.

  7. Gracia McDairmant says:

    2 of my grand-daughters have a pet hedgehog. I don’t remember what they named it. It’s very small.

  8. Oh wow – I’ve never seen one up close before. At first I thought they would be harmful to the garden but it’s good to know that they eat slug and snails. When my mom had a vegetable garden, she would always get so angry at the slugs.

    • Yes and knowing this we have not to throw in the vegetable garden products to kill the slugs and snails because we kill in the same time the hedgehog that eat those poisonous slugs

  9. Maybe you could start a hedgehog garden. 🙂

  10. puffpop says:

    You and Janine have a wonderful respect for all of Creation and are working hand and hand with God to care for our earth….God bless you and your family.

  11. C’est beau d’avoir un hérisson dans son jardin ! S’il y en a deux, un mâle et une femelle, c’est bien également … mais en beaucoup plus bruyant à la saison de la reproduction. J’en connais qui ont fermé leur fenêtre pour pouvoir dormir !
    Belle soirée, Michel et Janine.

    • Ton commentaire, Gilles, me ramène dans le passé quand un de nos fils campait avec les scouts dans la nature . Il entendait le vacarme des hérissons en dehors de sa tente la nuit et n’était pas rassuré .

  12. blb1 says:

    I have a friend in England that looks after the hedgehogs in her garden and has even rescued one I know of.

    We don’t have that critter here.

  13. Maggietx1 says:

    What a fun thing to find in your garden !! I know the two of you enjoyed see him !!!

  14. cjjustice1 says:

    I don’t think that I’ve ever met a hedgehog in real life. He looks so cute! This was a very informative blog. I wonder if a hedgehog would make a good pet?

  15. Zakiah says:

    This is the first time I have seen a hedgehog this close. We don’t have them here. At least I have never seen one. There is a book written by Muriel Barbery , titled The Elegance of the Hedgehog. It was on the best seller list in France. The original title is L’Élégance du hérisson I loved that book, which was translated in English by the writer. Not sure if you have read it. Just thought of it when I read your post.

  16. judyrutrider says:

    In my garden I would prefer to find a gopher snake. I’m not bothered by snails and slugs but the gophers are wreaking havoc. I have to admit though, a hedgehog is much cuter than a snake.

  17. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    Very charming story and photo! It’s good to know that the hedgehog plays a useful role in the garden by eating the slugs and snails! A great helper to you!

  18. neilc693 says:

    A hedgehog is definitely a charming neighbor to have. I’m surprised it seems so tame. Domesticated ones can be gotten as pets here, but they aren’t quite as lovable as they look and have special needs, which can lead to difficulties (and abandonment). I think they lose the ability to hibernate, but incompletely—their bodies still try to shut down in cold, which can injure or kill them. Much better to have a wild one living nearby!

  19. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour MICHEL Gentille compagnie dans ton jardin
    Le joli mai a pointé son nez depuis quelques jours

    Mai est si gai d’habitude que les fleurs s’en amusent
    Le muguet en premier, il sourit par son parfum
    Lui le lilas rit aux éclats

    Mai est un mois ivres des senteurs, de liberté
    Les oiseaux sifflent à cœur joie
    Le joli mois de mai joue avec le soleil
    fait bondir et danser les enfants
    Le mois de mai réveille le printemps qui dormait
    c’est la fête des prairies, des parcs, des arbres
    des sous bois, ou se cache muguet dans ses feuilles vertes

    Mais MAI chez moi nous a réservé une surprise la semaine dernière
    Les toits , champs , arbres ce sont retrouvés sous une couche de neige

    Gros bisous
    Belle journée , bonne semaine

  20. Rachel says:

    Oh, what a treat! Janine was fortunate to have been able to take a picture. I touched one once. I was very surprised at the texture. I was not expecting the roughness to do cute an animal. But, of course, it is God’s way of protection.
    Michel, we finally have spring! The grass, leaves, and early flowers are showing. We can breathe a sigh of relief!
    Sending you much love! 🌷

  21. Oh I’ve never seen one in the wild! What a treat 😀
    I hope he helps to keep your garden healthy 🙂

  22. mcbery says:

    That hedgehog is awesome! We have them in cages here. 🙂

  23. Susan Joos says:

    How wonderful! To find a wild thing living in the garden that DOESN’t devour the plants is very special. We don’t have them here, but I think they are very cute from the pictures and videos I have seen. A few years ago, we had a turtle friend that lingered in our yard for several days. It made me feel special that we were chosen! I hope your charming little visitor decides to grace you for a while,

  24. Marion Manson says:

    I’ve never seen a hedgehog in real life! What a lovely encounter Janine had. I’m so glad she took a photo of this dear little creature for all of us to see. 🙂

  25. Gayle H Smith says:

    how adorable!!! Has he moved into your garden for good Michel? I imagine you and Janine are happy he is there if he eats the bugs and snails,,,,he will be a good helper!!!

  26. Oh, how sweet! I bet the hedgehog is excitedly telling all his friends about meeting you and Janine. Thank you for sharing this picture. I wish we had hedgehogs here.


  27. The wonder of all God’s creation are in the garden. Love to you and Janine ❤


  28. The little hedgehog will surely be a helper in your garden keeping pesky snails and slugs away. Enjoy watching what he does. Love ❤ Marilyn

  29. mimiwi2013 says:

    They look so cute, and have heard of people having them as pets. Here in Wisconsin, a person has to get a special permit to have one as a pet. I never realized they are not naturally found in the U.S. I learned something new in my old age!!

  30. Julie says:

    What a delightful photograph of the hedgehog , what a surprise for Janine , you are right about the weather we still have to have the heating for a few hours at night as its still that cold here.

  31. nhislop says:

    They are very interesting animals. Some people keep them as pets. I have never seen one, but the pictures I have seen are very cute!

  32. L. Marie says:

    How adorable! Love that photo, Michel! Love to you and Janine. ❤️

  33. suester7 says:

    Yes, hedgehogs are rather cute creatures. Glad Janine encountered one and took a photo of it!

    The weather here has been extremely hot too, so when it rains we are all refreshed.

  34. Isabel Capillas says:

    What a cute story, Uncle Michel😄! Is the hedgehog still around your garden?😅

  35. Anne-Marie says:

    Cela donne presque envie de le caresser …. mais … 🙂
    Vive la nature !

  36. Awww this made me smile. The hedgehog is so cute.

  37. Linda G Garrett says:

    I’ve never seen a hedgehog. What a nice thing to encounter in the garden.

  38. Larry Banner says:

    He’s very cute, Michel! 🙂 Hope all is well! Cheers!!

  39. krc says:

    Like the folks above have said, that hedgehog is soooooooo CUTE!

  40. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour toi, mon Ami MICHEL

    Il est
    Libre de penser, de rire et d’aimer
    De profiter de chaque secondes de bonheur

    De savoir vivre
    De paix, de joie et savoir décider
    Sans aucune crainte et sans peur

    IL faut
    Savoir dire non, oser ou choisir
    De construire, d’entreprendre , de bâtir

    Il suffit de si peu de chose
    Un peu de courage si j’ose
    La vie n’est pas toujours facile

    Mais il suffit de redresser la tête
    Alors profite bien des tiens et je te souhaite une agréable semaine
    Bisous , Amitié Bernard

  41. neilc693 says:

    I wonder if your ornamentals are coming in. I remember that you had some nice hollyhocks. Now I see in gardens and landscaping some of my favorites making their appearance again—bluebells and mullein, also some red columbine and Solomon’s seal.

  42. Lavinia Ross says:

    What a sweet little hedgehog, Michel and Janine! ❤

  43. So cute! I have never met one. I don’t know if they live in Canada.

  44. Catherine Lee says:

    I love that grandma Janine finds it charming. Good phone camera too!

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