For the Birds

Cedar Waxwing enjoying winterberry and juniper berries in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Cedar Waxwing enjoying winterberry and juniper berries (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

No matter the animal, I love to feed them. Just look at my chubby horses, plump kitties and rubenesque dogs. And there’s no exception when it comes to my avian friends, either.  Although there are mixed messages about feeding during the summer months, I never miss a day year-round. But along with seeds, our native birds also need protein and fat to thrive. By planting berry producing trees and shrubs, we can provide additional sustenance for our feathered friends through the long winter months. I consulted the experts in my library, Stephen Kress (The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds) and Douglas Tallamy (Bringing Nature Home), to offer some of their recommended plantings as well as a few of my own favorites. [Read more…]

Just Juniper

Blue Star & Gold Tip junipers in mixed border in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Blue Star & Gold Tip junipers (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Jumpin’ Jupiter, by Jiminy . . . it’s Juniper, with upwards of 50 different species (although it feels more like a gazillion), an often overlooked shrub when gardens are being designed, and I’m not quite sure why.  They come in a phenomenal range of sizes, shapes and colors, are incredibly deer resistant (prickly little buggers) and will grow in a lot of unsavory conditions.  I wouldn’t be surprised if junipers could be used to revive toxic wastelands (well, perhaps a touch of exaggeration there).  At any rate, junipers are durable workhorses, preferring sunny locales, while tolerating drought, crummy soil, and complete neglect-absolutely no fertilizing or pampering required once established. [Read more…]

A Garden for All