Saturday, January 2, 2010

For The Birds

I threw together this bird feeder post and stuck it in the corner of the garden. This is where I have been working improving the bed, removing and discarding the old Cannas, (which are in the garage until mid February,) contemplating what to do with the monstrous Lantana, although the birds like the seeds, and the butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the flowers, and us to when they are new in the spring and don't devour everything in site because of their size later in the season. But I see Grapes here, and Morning Glories this spring, and Hollyhocks, and orange California Poppies, and Oriental Poppies, and at that point all the rest becomes a blur.

So I went in to get the camera, and the bird feeder had already attracted birds! Yeah!

And I adore the red breasted one, and I am pleased that he showed up for the photo.

I call him the Desert Cardinal and my husband calls him the Desert Robin until we find out his true identity.

Is there room for four?

The hummingbird over winters and perches on the tree behind the wall in the same location. I hope they will all get along.

The apples last about a week and the birds really enjoy them. Symba has taken to sleeping all day in the house. Good thing he is missing all of the action.
Thanks for visiting! To all of my gardening friends, carry on and hurry back!


  1. It amazes me how quickly the birds know that there is food for them!

  2. I'm surprised to hear that you dig up your cannas in the winter. Even in Vancouver I understand it is mild enough for them to overwinter outside, except that it's too wet. I had a neighbour whose cannas survived and thrived against the house under the protection of the roof overhang.

    All the best for the New Year, Laura!

  3. Hi Peggy and Garden Lily! Last year the Cannas traveled into the really bad dirt and they didn't flower hardly at all. So I dug them up to amend the area with compost, and double the size of the bed. Happy New Year! Blessings!

  4. I really like all of your birdfeeders! I love to watch the birds take turns at the feeders. Our main feeder is suspended by a pully system about 20 feet off the ground. One side is attached to the house, the other around a tall Ponderosa Pine tree. This is the only way we can keep the squirrels out! Kathy

  5. I love watching birds at the feeders. It's cool to see how the visitors change with the seasons. Looks like the "red-breasted one" is a house finch.