|The Peace rose is popular with aphids|
and Japanese beetles.
Japanese beetles were in my Peace roses yesterday, reminding me of the need to feed, water, and shelter birds.
Here are tips from Master Gardeners:
Aerial Assault – Birds
Feed Birds Year Round
Mow The Lawn ProperlyJapanese beetles prefer to lay their eggs in turf grass that is short, avoiding grass that is more than 2 inches high. Tall grass harbors natural beetle egg predators like ground spiders and ants. And, cool season turf like fescue should be maintained at a higher length regardless for many other good reasons, so consider this one more reason for keeping your lawn mower setting at around 3 to 4 inches.
GJ - The hint about longer grass may surprise a number of gardeners. Beetles that prey on pests are best sheltered in tall grass and areas that are never disturbed, especially higher ground.
|Beautyberries are for birds at the end of the season.|
Feeding the Birds - Retail
Yesterday we brought home a barrel of popcorn from the movie theater. Normally they have sunflower seeds in the hanging and platform feeders, finch seed in the squirrel-proof feeder.
Birds are always entertaining at the feeder, and the squirrels sometimes do more than sit on top of the seed and eat. Yesterday two squirrels were having a fight over the top squirrel title and swirling around the whole feeding area.
|Wild Strawberries thrive everywhere, blooming early and often.|
Feeding the Birds Berries - For Almost Nothing
The Creator has designed many plants to feed the bird population most of the year. Anyone who thinks this is all an accident may drink from my empty coffee cup. I did everything right to make a fresh pot this morning. When I went out to fill a mug and jump-start a blog post, the pot was empty. These are the steps in making a pot:
- Empty the thermo-carafe and fill it with hot water.
- Empty the coffee basket, place a new filter in it, and spoon 8 measures of coffee grounds into it. Replace the coffee basket in the slot designed for it.
- Fill the tank with water.
- Empty the hot water from the carafe and place it under the coffee basket.
- Make sure it is plugged in and the start button pushed.
|Elderberry flowers create clusters of berries.|
Gooseberries are so easy to grow that they were once a staple of food for rural and self-sufficient families. Talk up berries and someone will say, "My mother made gooseberry pie."
Elderberries are a tall, majestic plant, with large crowns of flowers and the impulse to send up new shoots of Elderberry plants to make a hedge of them. Insects love the flowers of all berries, but these berries are at eye level, so the pollinators are easier to watch at work.
|Gooseberries grow on an unglamorous plant.|
Management by the Creator
The management of the berry population is often ignored because we take it for granted. The appeal of berries for animals and humans will always ensure that they spread. Grains have to be cultivated. Corn has to be planted at the right time in large masses for its air pollination. Tomatoes - ach, don't get me started. They are tempting and nutritious but fraught with more problems than a sorority in a crowded house.
|Lantana flowers create these crinkled fruits.|