The Milkweed Diaries

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sunflower Birdfeeders

Late blooming Mexican Sunflower 10/15/08

The sunflowers that bloomed all summer at the northeast corner of our garden are way past peaked, and have collapsed into an unsightly jumble of stalks and blown-out flower heads. If you read my post earlier this year, you know we grew dozens (maybe hundreds?) of sunflowers from seeds we saved from last year's garden. And the birds gave thanks.

Now that the sunflowers are spent, I've been wanting to clear them away so that the Mexican Sunflowers that are interplanted will have a chance to do their thing before the cold weather sets in (see above, the doing of the Mexican Sunflower thing). However, the birds are still feasting like mad on the sunflower seeds from the peaked out brown sunflower stalks.

Hence: creative ways to offer sunflower seeds to the birds.

Teepee birdfeeder

Cucumber trellis = birdfeeder

Hanging bird treats from a bean trellis

In other fall gardening news, the marigolds, nasturtiums, and zinnias are having a resurgence, and the there are bursts of orange, red, and yellow everywhere (below: zinnias).


Anonymous said...

BT, I am really liking the sunflower teepee. It is beautiful and I bet even more so with a bunch of fine feathered friends fluttering about feasting... Dana

Heather said...

Love this.
You know when you have more birds around, they eat the bugs ;o)

Nature is so amazing!