Garden Photo of the Day

Feed the birds

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

I took this photo at a children’s garden in Raleigh, North Carolina, last fall. This drooping, end-of-the-season sunflower personified how I felt after a long, tough gardening season, and then a few days of touring gardens in the oppressive heat. But I saw the beauty and bounty in it, too. Now is the time for the birds to take nourishment from our gardens, and planting things like sunflowers and perennials with seeds to feed the birds keeps your garden interesting well into winter, both for their subtle seedy beauty and for the wildlife they’ll attract when color is scarce.

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  1. catsdogs 12/14/2010

    Love the Pictures, and Love Sunflowers, they are the best to plant, and alot of fun for us all to enjoy on the earth, and especially the birds. I grow them each year, and are so much fun to have in your Garden. So I loved you Picture and you comments, great stuff here. Gardner..

  2. JardinDelSol 12/14/2010

    We grow sunflowers in the yard but they also grow along the roads here in this desert climate. The finches positively adore the sunflowers - not only the seeds, but the petals themselves - they eat everything! They look like locusts swarming all over the sunflower plants, and they bring me enormous pleasure as I watch them. They even prefer the sunflowers to the birdseed I have out for them.

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