Hi Tatezi. Yes.. this place is quite entertaining with all the "creatures"
(we live in the woods, the "sticks" - lol, and mother nature is the best
entertainment I know of. And yes... I have beautiful sunflowers that come up
under my bird feeders that I intentionally do not mow (I call it "the garden my
birds planted). The seeds fall to the ground, and they root. Right now,
their about 2 inches high, but by June, they will be about 7 feet tall (I have
to stake them) and the heads of these sunflowers are as big as pie pans.
They're HUGE and beautiful. Then the birds will eat the sunflowers from the
real flower heads, and that's neat to watch. The yellow finch (or gold finch
as some call it) hangs from the heads of the flowers to eat the seeds, and
it's unbelievable how well camoflauged this yellow and black bird is when on
that flower, eating. Mother nature at its best. The cardinals (red birds)
also enjoy the flowers, and the sharp contrast (yellow / red) is also
beautiful. At the end of the season when the sunflowers are past their peak and have
fallen down (but are still good), I will cut the big flower heads off and
then wrap them together and hang them from a tree so the birds can continue to
enjoy. That's usually when the squirrels wind up stealing them! I've seen
the squirrels run off with great big sunflower heads in their mouths. Ah....
they gotta eat too! You should see em burying pecans. Now that makes me
mad -- when they start stealing pecans from my trees, but..... then again, how
many pecans can one use?? The neatest thing (in the bird world) that I
enjoy is when the Cedar Waxwings come through (once a year) by the 1000's and
strip the holly berries from the trees. They do it within a few hours, and
then they're gone. But that's a beautiful bird, and to watch them come in
when they KNOW the wild berries are "ripe" and "good for the getting" is, again
-- mother nature at its best! If you plant flowers in pots, you should have
some good luck attracting butterflies! Lantana (which would have to go in
a BIG pot) will attract the butterflies like crazy. What kind of climate
do you have? I'm in eastern NC.
Well......gotta go. Hope you have a great day. I've finished my a.m.
coffee and have to go tend to doggie greetings (poop) in the halllway. What a way
to start the day, eh?
Have a good one!
In a message dated 5/3/2004 7:00:18 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Well, personally I think that sounds like wonderful entertainment...but it
> does have it's drawbacks...do you have a lot of sunflowers growing around
> your house now?
> My friends bought a type of feeders that if a creature weighs over a certain
> amount, the door shuts and there is no food for them. Seems to work...they
> don't have a squirrel problem.
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