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Birds and Blooms ExtraBirds and Blooms Extra

Birds and Blooms Extra July 2018

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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summer has arrived!

Green grass, vibrant blooms, leafy trees and splashy birds are refreshing sights after the chilly, snowy spring we had here in Wisconsin. Despite the fickle weather, I love living in a place with four distinct seasons—it helps me genuinely cherish the warm, sunny months I get to spend in my backyard. The garden is the one place I abandon any design sense I have. While flower shopping, I ooh and aah over all of the neon pink, fiery orange and intense purple blooms as I nestle them in my cart. Eventually I realize that I’m too distracted by pretty colors and have to put some back because the bright hues are beginning to clash. It’s no surprise then that I’ve been coveting every one of the bicolored blooms featured in the Top…

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this month

FOLLOW US Go to facebook.com/ birdsblooms and click “like” to see our photo of the day, expert secrets and backyard tips right in your Facebook newsfeed. Enjoy Watch for nature’s sweet surprises! Rhonda Vandeven of Marble Hill, Missouri, found this unique two-toned zinnia in her mom’s garden. Make Clip and snip your backyard blooms! Alex Frabizio of East Patchogue, New York, shared this happy bouquet his grandmother put together. GET AWAY See elegant trogons, Lucifer hummingbirds and red-faced warblers during the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, Aug. 8-12. More info: tucsonaudubon.org/festival SHARE Have you committed a backyard blunder? Tell us about it! birdsandblooms.com/submit…

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butterfly magnet

Conef lower Echinacea species, Zones 3 to 9 Daisylike petals burst from this low-maintenance perennial that comes in a range of colors. Plant pretty deer- and disease-resistant coneflower in a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Deadhead to keep the blooms coming into fall and then leave the seed heads for goldfinches to feast on in winter. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun. Size: 2 to 4 feet high. Grown for: Long-blooming bright color that lasts from midsummer through fall. Foliage: Basal leaves remain green in warmer climates. Cultivars to try: Tiki Torch sports large pumpkin orange blooms; Double Scoop features duo pompon flowers. BUTTERFLY BENEFITS Coneflowers offer more than beauty. Their nectar-filled blooms are flat and wide, which make good landing pads for butterflies.…

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fiery fliers

Birders in the West are in the right area but may need luck to spot the flashy feathers of western tanagers. With bright red heads, vibrant yellow bodies, and black wings and tails, males resemble a bright flickering flame. Females and young males are less showy, sporting muted yellow bodies with black wings. Despite the bold field marks, these tanagers are hard to find, often hiding in the treetops of western conifer forests. “Western tanagers are more often heard than seen at our place,” says Sally Roth, lifelong naturalist and author who lives amid a dense pine and spruce forest in the high Rockies of northern Colorado. “When I hear one singing, I lift my binoculars to find it,” Sally says. “That color is unmistakable! It sure catches your eye against the…

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the feed

Western tanagers frequent my feeders from late May to early June. They love our high-quality nut, seed and fruit mixture.” Pat Northington RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO COLORFUL RELATIVES Four cousins of the western tanager—scarlet, summer, hepatic and flame-colored—fly to North America every summer from their tropical wintering grounds. The most widely known is the scarlet tanager, a summer resident of the eastern half of the U.S. QUICK TRIP Western tanagers breed as far north as Canada’s Northwest Territories and may spend as little as two months in the brisk locale before heading back to the tropics.…

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double the color

1 Petunia PETUNIA HYBRIDS, ZONES 10 TO 11, ANNUAL ELSEWHERE Everyone knows and loves petunias for their high-color impact in the garden. Recent hybrids offer stronger and denser branching (which means more flowers), new color patterns, and growth habits such as mounding, trailing and upright. Why we love it: The color combos are bold, wild and crazy! Find everything from vibrant lime and magenta to classic white and purple. 2 Lantana LANTANA CAMARA, ZONES 9 TO 11, ANNUAL ELSEWHERE For sunny spots, count on classic lantana in red, yellow, white, orange, lavender, pink and bicolor to bloom all summer long. Plant it in a container to jazz up a small space. Look for unique hybrids. Why we love it: Many of your favorite fliers, like butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators, flock to showy and super easy-to-grow lantana,…

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