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Birds and Blooms Extra

Birds and Blooms Extra

November 2020

Even more of what you love from North America's #1 bird and garden magazine, celebrating the beauty in your own backyard.  Published on the months in between the Birds and Blooms magazine, Extra features vivid photographs, useful tips and expert advice to inform, inspire, and connect enthusiasts who share a passion for backyard birds and gardening.

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2 min.
pushing through

A year ago last summer I was gifted a mother-in-law’s tongue plant (maybe you know it as snake plant) at my office bridal shower. I was assured that the plant was indestructible and that even I could not kill it. We’ll see, I thought as I placed it on my desk under the standard office lighting. It did OK despite the fact that soon one of its three upright leaves shriveled enough that I had to pluck it off. And then COVID-19 closed our office in March. As I packed my desk to move my belongings, I said a silent apology to the plant—I was certain it would not survive at my house. My home lacks a plant-friendly windowsill and natural light. Fast-forward more than a few months and the plant is…

1 min.
fall bounty

Autumn Inferno Cotoneaster Cotoneaster ‘Bronfire’, Zones 5 to 7 Look no further for a fiery fall accent—Autumn Inferno transitions from dark green to orange and red as soon as the temperatures start dropping. In spring, look for small pink flowers on the branches. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun to part shade. Size: 5 to 6 feet tall and nearly as wide. Grown for: A privacy hedge with seasonal benefits. Foliage: Dark and glossy green in the summer. Other cultivars: Coral Beauty offers low-growing color in fall. BIRD BENEFITS Berry-eating birds like robins, bluebirds and cedar waxwings dine on the shrub’s red berries in fall and winter.…

2 min.
grab-and-go masters

The next time you notice a large group of various bird species congregating in your backyard, scan the hungry crowd for a stocky, gray-crested bird with a white belly, peach coloring on its flanks and a small black patch on its forehead. The tufted titmouse is a common sight among small winter groupings of chickadees, nuthatches and woodpeckers. It can be spotted year-round in backyards and parks in the eastern half of the U.S. Although you can attract tufted titmice to your yard in any season, fall and winter are especially good opportunities to set up hanging feeders—that’s when the bird’s normal prey, insects, become harder to come by. Tufted titmice love sunflower seeds, but they’ll snack on suet and peanuts, too. Instead of staying at the feeder to eat, this bird…

1 min.
the feed

“ The tufted titmouse is a favorite among photographers. The birds seem to be extra friendly and almost always have cheerful expressions.” John Baughman FISHERS, INDIANA LINGUISTIC TWIST The tufted titmouse’s name may seem a bit odd, but there’s an interesting story behind its origin. The second part of the bird’s name is actually derived from the Old English word mase, meaning “small bird.” DINNER’S SERVED Invite tufted titmice during fall and winter with this suet ball feeder, complete with an overhanging roof to keep food dry. $40 at duncraft.com…

4 min.
low-light lovers

1 Air plant TILLANDSIA SPP. Air plants absorb moisture from the air through their leaves, which is why they typically grow best in humid environments. To promote the health of this low-light houseplant, submerge it in water for 30 minutes every week or two. In nature, air plants cling to branches, bark or bare rocks. Why we love it: Air plants add decorative flair to any space. They are commonly seen mounted, placed in a terrarium or set inside seashells. 2 English ivy HEDERA HELIX Most commonly known as an indoor hanging plant, English ivy can be trained to climb a trellis or moss stick. Stay consistent with watering; ivy prefers evenly moist soil. Mist the leaves to keep them from gathering dust and to prevent spider mites. Improve drainage by placing a gravel-filled saucer under…

2 min.
hibernate non-hardy bulbs

Northern gardeners love growing dahlias, calla lilies and gladioluses as much their neighbors in the South, but the northern climate just isn’t quite right for these plants. Storing non-hardy varieties indoors helps preserve your favorites and save you money. Cannas, caladiums and tuberous begonias are also among the more common plants that need extra winter care when grown in colder regions. As their foliage begins to yellow or the first fall frost arrives, it is time to dig, cure and store their underground storage structures, which for the sake of simplicity we’ll call bulbs. Carefully dig up the bulbs, allowing enough space around the plant to avoid damage. Speared, sliced and bruised bulbs do not store well. Prepare the bulbs for storage by curing them in a warm, dry location out of direct…