Feed the Birds

Allowing native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants to  proliferate not only strengthens the web of life it is partnering with Gaia.

Blue Jay bird on sumac

Adding additional food sources to the gardens helps to feed the creatures who share our space.

Chipmunk on sunflower

In eastern Pennsylvania October is the time to help gardens ready for the coming winter.

The potting shed in autumn

It is also a time to help the wildlife around us get ready for darker, colder days.

Downy Woodpecker on sunflower (bird)

Due to their high metabolic rate birds in particular need high-energy foods, those high in calorie and fat content.

Eastern Towhee (bird)

Juniper berries provide this important source of energy, containing 46% carbohydrate and 16% fat.

American robin bird on Eastern Red Cedar

Sunflower seeds contain almost 30 percent fat as well as fiber, protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron potassium and vitamin E.

Tuffed Titmouse on sunflower (bird)

Sharing a space means becoming a caretaker. We are an important part of the web of life. At this moment in time we are the only ones who can completely destroy it or strengthen each strand.

Black-capped Chickadee on sunflower (bird)

 

 

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The Sunflower and the Bee

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Sunflower and the bee

Morning sun, Gaia awakes and her children stand – stretch – shake in an effort to remove night dew from their eyes

Now is the time to search for food

Stand still and you will feel a vibration – hear a humming

Look skyward and see them

Strengthening their relationship A symbiotic dance

Without the bees there would be no seeds for birds to eat or plants to proliferate in next year’s gardens

 

Sunflower and beesSunflower reaching toward the sky

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The Case for Sunflowers, As If One Was Needed! Certified Habitat #139,583

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1998 – I measured, researched, weeded and planted.  Then I submitted a blueprint to have my original property certified as A Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.  A storm moved through, all was washed away and we moved on.

September 18, 2004 flood

 2012 – I went online, clicked on the site, answered  questions and my new property was certified as a Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

The first certification was difficult but an amazing learning experience. The second much easier and allows for the inclusion of many more properties.  In both cases I needed to provide four basic elements for wildlife:  food, water, cover and places to raise young.

male and female American Gold finch bird on sunflower seed head

Warbler on sunflower seed head
White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunflowers not only provide a warm palette for garden design, they also provide food for a variety of wildlife.

butterfly on sunflower
Butterfly  on Sunflower

Sunflower

Sunset sunflower

Whether planted by birds or squirrels of intentionally planted by the gardener, sunflowers add multiply dimensions to any garden.

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Bumblrbee on self-seeded sunflower

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Another Snow

The labyrinth is under nine inches of snow

Labyrinth

Much more than this!

Snow covered labyrinth

Blueberry bushes planted this past fall are nowhere to be seen

And I sit watching Juncos, Sparrows, Finches and Titmice swarm the feeder while yet another blanket of snow fall

Smokehouse AKA Potting Shed

Fear not the earth will warm and Gaia will laugh again!

Crested Iris

Daffodil flowers and Darwin Tulips
Daffodil flowers and Darwin Tulips

Red Admiral on Sunflower

Pink Moccasin flower

How DOES the Garden Grow – American Goldfinch

Whether working, walking or just having fun

Outings into the gardens are always rewarded with beauty renewed

connections made

A moment  captured as a memory, a journal log or just to share

August 4, 2013   American Goldfinch

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