Birds & Blooms August/September 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.
butterfly season

I’ve paid more attention to butterflies the past few years, both in my yard and while on walks and hikes. Late last summer, my husband and I explored a new-to-us trail that took us through multiple habitats, including a meadow. I was blown away by the number of butterflies flitting about, dancing at our feet. We spent a lot of time on that portion of the trail—I kept stopping to observe the tiny fliers, committing their markings to memory (and instructing my husband to do the same) to look up later in my field guide. Whether you have been a butterfly lover for years or have only recently been distracted by the fluttering of tiny butterfly wings, like me, this is the issue for you! Learn all about the amazing journey of…

1 min.
lots to love

Lotty’s Love Rose Rosa rugosa ‘BOC Rogosnif’, Zones 3 to 10 Breathe in the cinnamon scent from this hardy favorite’s mauve blooms, which are semi-double and last throughout the summer. Bonus! This cold-tolerant choice does not require deadheading. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun. Size: 3½ feet tall and wide. Grown for: Low-maintenance, large blooms with ongoing beauty. Foliage: Deep green and resistant to most diseases. Notable characteristics: Pruning needs are minimal. It’s able to handle drought conditions once established, too. WILDLIFE BENEFITS You’ll see butterflies and bees stop by this fragrant flower, and birds nibble on the rose hips.…

2 min.
west coast coppers

The second smallest hummingbirds after the Calliopes, Allen’s hummingbirds begin their spring migration early. Moving north in Mexico by December, they reach coastal California and southern Oregon around January or February. “If an Allen’s hummingbird really likes your yard, it will come back year after year. They are very site-specific,” says Barbara Monahan, whose property in Santa Cruz, California, was a banding site for 3,000 hummingbirds for the nonprofit Hummingbird Monitoring Network. Named for Charles Andrew Allen, a California taxidermist, the bird was first classified in 1877. Allen’s hummingbirds are about 3 inches long, and slightly smaller than Anna’s hummingbirds found in the same gardens. Allen’s are similar to rufous hummers, but that species nests farther north. Allen’s have lots of copper plumage, green backs and shimmering red to gold-orange throats. To attract…

1 min.
the feed

SUBTLE DIFFERENCES Female and immature male Allen’s look incredibly similar. Look closely at their throats—a tiny patch of red-orange feathers signifies a female. TUCKED AWAY During the breeding season, you’re more likely to spot male Allen’s near scrubby plants, but females seek out thicker cover once nesting. SWEET FAVES Allen’s hummingbirds are particularly big fans of these nectar plants: • Bush monkey flower • Indian paintbrush • Twinberry honeysuckle • Western columbine • Penstemon…

4 min.
grow for impact

1 Golden Zebra daylily HEMEROCALLIS ‘MALJA’, ZONES 4 TO 9 With more than 90,000 daylily cultivars, there’s one for you! This beauty has dark yellow flowers that peak in early summer and slender leaves variegated with creamy white edges. As its name implies, each bloom comes and goes in one day. Why we love it: This daylily grows well in most soils in full sun or part shade. It is striking when in bloom, and when it’s not, the leaves add plenty of appeal on their own. 2 White Nancy spotted deadnettle LAMIUM MACULATUM, ZONES 3 TO 8 Imagine if a quick frost partially covered leaves in your garden, only they didn’t die. That’s how the leaves on White Nancy spotted deadnettle look—as though they were kissed by frost in early summer. The dainty white blooms…

2 min.
make snails slink away

You may not see them often, but slugs and snails make their presence known in the garden. Eating up to six times their weight in plant material per night, these mollusks can leave plants looking like Swiss cheese. Although they’re most active in the evening, it is possible to combat the pests any time of day with these simple strategies. 1. Beer Bash Bury tuna fish cans or plastic yogurt cups in the dirt up to their rims, then crack a beer and fill the containers (the older and more stale the beer, the better). Slugs and snails are attracted to the yeasty aroma, then fall in and drown. Replace the beer as needed. 2. Find an Edge Add an inch of coarse sand, diatomaceous earth (look for it online or at garden centers),…