Birds & Blooms April/May 2020

Birds & Blooms is the #1 bird and garden magazine in North America with more than 1 million subscribers. We pride ourselves in celebrating the “beauty in your own backyard” with a mix of expert advice and personal stories from our family of readers. Our magazine covers a wide range of topics such as attracting hummingbirds, building birdhouses, gardening for butterflies, feeding birds for less, growing veggies, tales of readers’ birding experiences, plus a whole lot more.

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from the editor

I know it’s spring when the wavy variegated tulip leaves pop up in the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street in front of my house. It’s such an odd location for a tiny patch of tulips (a bulb or two were probably deposited there by a squirrel), but every year I admire them and watch for the bright red blooms to emerge. Sometimes I catch the flowers at their prime and snip a few to display on the counter for a couple of days. There’s something about fresh flowers in the house that lifts my spirits. It’s a special treat that I indulge in only during spring and early summer—and when I walk into a farmers market, I typically make a beeline for the bouquets. A plot dedicated…

1 min.
this month

GET AWAY Go to the Birding & Blues festival in Pacific City, Oregon, April 17-19. The event is a celebration of spring migration and live music. Grow Western monarchs still need help. The Xerces Society is encouraging gardeners across the country, but especially those in California, to plant native milkweed. SHARE YOUR PARK PHOTOS We’re kicking off the Your Parks photo contest with our sister magazine Country. Enter photos in three categories—scenery, recreation and wildlife—that show the beauty of national, state and local parks. The grand prize is $1,000! Enter by July 13 at birdsblooms @birdsblooms birdsblooms MONARCH: HANNAH MOONEY; ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: KATHERINE PLESSNER…

1 min.
hints of citrus

Mock Orange Philadelphus spp., Zones 3 to 11 This easygoing shrub can be grown in a range of soils and amounts of light—just avoid soggy, poorly draining patches. Plant this beauty near windows or anywhere you often pass to get a whiff of the richly scented flowers that bloom in spring. Pick a cultivar with flowerbuds that are hardy in your region. Attracts: Light needs: Grow in full sun to part shade. Size: Many cultivars are smaller, but some reach up to 10 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Grown for: Fragrant blooms and butterfly benefits. Foliage: Oval, dark leaves. Cultivars to try: Grow Illuminati Tower or Tiny Tower for spires of yellow-centered white blooms. WILDLIFE BENEFITS Many species are large enough for birds to nest, and the nectar-filled flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.…

2 min.
orange in the orchard

East of the Rockies, an oriole that’s smaller and much darker than a Baltimore dashes through the flowering trees. The bird you’ve spotted is probably an orchard oriole. The two birds share similar markings, but where a male Baltimore oriole has a bright pop of orange, the orchard oriole sports a darker chestnut color. Female orchard and Baltimore orioles look alike, too. They share a warm-hued chest, head and tail feathers, but the female Baltimore has touches of tangerine orange while the orchard’s color runs closer to greenish yellow. Female orchard orioles are the primary nest builders (though their mates may sometimes help), constructing their homes in forks of branches. Over the course of a week, they weave grass and other flexible plant fibers into a pouch or a basket, then line…

1 min.
the feed

NECTAR ROBBERS Orioles and hummingbirds love nectar, and they pollinate flowers by inadvertently transferring pollen from bloom to bloom as they feed. Orchard orioles sometimes bypass a flower’s pollen entirely, piercing the flower’s base and getting a taste for free. TINY FLIER The orchard is the smallest of the eight oriole species found north of Mexico. It has a wingspan of a little more than 9 inches, a few inches larger than a yellow warbler. For comparison, the Baltimore oriole’s wingspan is nearly 12 inches. ORCHARD ORIOLE RANGE MAP…

4 min.
new plants for 2020

1 Beacon impatiens IMPATIENS WALLERIANA, ANNUAL If you’ve been missing your favorite shade blooms because of the worldwide downy mildew infection, there’s new reason to rejoice. Plants in the Beacon series were selected for high resistance to this deadly and widespread disease. Why we love it: Beacon impatiens are the same easy-care plants, now available in six colors: bright red, violet shades, salmon, orange, white and coral. Supplies of seeds and plants may be limited this year. 2 Main Street Beale Street coleus SOLENOSTEMON SCUTELLARIOIDES ‘MAIN STREET BEALE STREET’, ANNUAL OR ZONES 10 TO 11 You know the first coleus to receive the coveted All-America Selections award must be good. Rich red foliage 24 to 36 inches tall holds its color in sun or shade, which means it’s right at home and ready to thrive anywhere…