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…]

Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eye Sumac's lemony yellow foliage in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Tiger Eye Sumac’s lemony yellow foliage (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger,’ otherwise known as Tiger Eye sumac, was a happy accident resulting from an unexpected mutation of its larger cousin, Rhus typhina ‘Laciniata’.  This sizzling specimen was first discovered by Bailey Nursery in 1985, and since then Tiger Eye has been making its way into gardens all across the U.S.   Rightfully so.  Once you’ve set eyes on the dazzling velvety-fern foliage burning like a flame in the landscape, you’ll be hooked-line and sinker.  Don’t wait a moment longer, put away the extinguisher and run on down to your local nursery today.  [Read more…]

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