Birds & Blooms February/March 2021

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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2 min.
a lot to love

I will always gush over the first purple crocus or yellow daffodil bud I spot in my yard after a long winter. That initial glimpse of a fresh bloom is an annual reminder that we made it. We survived another cold season! Crocuses and daffodils are classics, but in “Early Risers” on page 12, we share 10 more flowers you can watch for this early in the season. Read about lesser-known premier bloomers such as Dutchman’s breeches, forsythia and flowering quince—you may just fall in love and find a new spring favorite. And, in a nod to Valentine’s Day and couples of all kinds, discover surprising ways birds find mates in “Pairing Up” on page 28. Some partake in elaborate displays of courtship to enforce pair bonds. Others keep it simple…

1 min.
spring showpiece

Ruby Tears Crabapple Malus ‘Bailears’, Zones 4 to 7 Add drama and grace to any landscape with this weeping crabapple tree. Like most other crabapples, birds, pollinators and butterflies love it, especially in spring and summer when the fragrant pink blossoms turn into small fruits that last into winter. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun. Size: About 10 feet tall, growing slightly wider. Grown for: This showy tree is an excellent accent for a small garden and it attracts wildlife. Foliage: Small oval leaves turn burgundy in fall. Soil needs: Grows best in moist, well-draining soil and it tolerates drought when established.…

2 min.
a calming backyard call

Mourning doves are found throughout much of North America, but there is nothing common about these graceful birds. Many passionate backyard birders find the soft, distinctive cooing of this dove to be calming and utterly peaceful. “The birds vocalize quite a lot and that’s where they get their name, because of their mournful call,” says John Rowden, who is the senior director of bird-friendly communities at the National Audubon Society. Muted Markings Both male and female mourning doves are known for their brown and gray coloring, black spots, small heads and slender tails. “They have that really amazing mix of muted tones, with beautiful defined black spots on their wings. You can sort of see an iridescence,” John says. Mourning doves are sometimes confused with Eurasian collared doves or white-winged doves. If a thick black…

4 min.
early risers

1 Reticulated iris IRIS RETICULATA, ZONES 5 TO 9 Unlike other irises that stretch tall toward the sky, reticulated iris grows only a few inches high. When massed together, the abundant showy blossoms put on an amazing early spring display. Why we love it: This deer-resistant bulb flaunts deep cobalt blue petals offset by yellow markings. It makes a striking statement when mixed with snowdrops and crocuses. 2 Bloodroot SANGUINARIA CANADENSIS, ZONES 3 TO 8 Always a welcome sign that warmer weather is on the way, these large, short-lasting, white flowers have yellow centers. The flowers grow from a rhizome. Single stems with one leaf and flower emerge from the structure, slowly growing into a larger clump. Why we love it: Bloodroot craves spring sun and summer shade, so it’s a perfect pick for a woodland garden…

2 min.
say goodbye to sniffles

If you suffer from allergies, you may dread spring garden chores. Many landscapes are full of allergens, including pollen from trees, weeds and grasses; mold and microorganisms found in decomposing leaves, mulch and compost; insect venom; and irritating saps or oils. But don’t hang up the gardening gloves just yet. Warren Filley, an allergist who helped develop guidelines to let patients garden more comfortably, gives us his best tips. BIG FLOWERS, FEWER SNIFFLES Here is the great news: The plants we love for their big, pretty blooms are the same ones that Warren recommends for a low-allergen garden. He says they’re better because insects pollinate them. Plants that rely on the wind to spread their pollen are more likely to trigger allergies. So plant your garden full of the showiest flowers you can find,…

1 min.
distant cousins

American robin RANGE The U.S., Canada and parts of Mexico, but less widespread in winter. FAMILY Member of the thrush family. FOOD Prefers insects, berries and earthworms. MARKINGS Both males and females sport bright orange chests and dark heads and backs, though the female’s coloring is often more dull BEHAVIOR Typically joins large flocks of other robins during the fall and winter. European robin RANGE Throughout Europe and western Asia, and locally in northern Africa. FAMILY Member of the Old World flycatchers family. FOOD Eats mostly insects but also enjoys berries. MARKINGS Males and females look similar with orange faces and chests—sometimes outlined with a grayish border—and olive-brown heads and backs. BEHAVIOR Known for being more solitary at all seasons than the American robin.…