It’s For The Birds

Whenever I spy a hummingbird dancing through my garden, I admit to feeling pleased with my design skills—for these remarkably tiny creatures are quite particular about where they land. A landscape has to be colorful, fragrant, and tempting with nectar in order to warrant their attention.  Birds of all species are the thrill of any garden, providing many benefits beyond the sheer entertainment of watching them move about. Most are natural pest deterrents, consuming hundreds of insects an hour and keeping wasps, beetles, flies, and mosquitoes under control. They collect and scatter seeds, performing an essential service to plants. And although urban development has unfortunately removed much native vegetation and threatened many of our bird populations, we can do lots as home gardeners to encourage their presence and support their habitat. Read more…

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