Snow, sleet and bitterly cold temperatures are no match for woodpeckers. Their can’t-miss black and white markings, with an occasional sprinkling of red, stand out as they acrobatically forage around bare tree trunks and brave the winter months. Attract more of these sought-after birds this season with this simple yet satisfying menu. Continue reading
Sunny gold Stella d’Oro daylily lights up the garden with its trumpet-shape yellow flowers all summer long. This tough plant scoffs at hot, dry conditions. Here it creates a spectacular combination with blue ornamental onion (Allium azureum).
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A pumpkin carved into the shape of a basket makes a pretty feeder for birds as they fatten up before migrating south. Use a washable marker to draw the basket shape on the pumpkin. After carving and cleaning out the inside, set an aluminum pie plate or terra cotta saucer into the top opening of the pumpkin basket or atop an inverted terra-cotta pot placed inside. Set your festive feeder on a birdbath pedestal and fill the pie tin with high-quality birdseed.
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Starting seeds is the inexpensive way to grow more of your favorite plants. Here’s what you need to know for success. Continue reading
Putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. As fallprogresses and temperatures drop, those plants that aren’t killed outright by frost prepare for dormancy. Clear out the blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter. Continue reading
The Versatile Mum
When fall arrives, it’s hard not to regret the passing of all the summer blooms we love so much: pompon dahlias, Shasta daisies, African daisies, little zinnias, asters, coreopsis, and calendulas.
But take heart, for the fall garden offers all these flower shapes from just one plant, the chrysanthemum. Hundreds of hardy cultivars provide an array of colors and bloom shapes, making mums the divas of the autumn garden. Continue reading
How to Identify Mystery Birds
Use these techniques when a puzzling bird flies past.
By Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman
Even if you know your local birds, sometimes an unfamiliar one will appear, which doesn’t match anything you’ve seen before. Here are some pointers and questions to consider the next time you spot a baffling bird. Continue reading