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Birds and Blooms Extra

Birds and Blooms Extra

March 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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1 min.
from the editor

Seeing a puffin in the wild is on the bucket lists of many birders, including my own! To cross it off your list, head to northern portions of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts here in North America, where Atlantic, horned and tufted puffins breed during the summer months. As you’ll learn in “Safe and Sound Underground” on page 24, these goofy-looking birds (and a few other intriguing species) nest in burrows carved into cliffs or rocky crevices. If the dapper Atlantic puffin on our cover was a surprise to you, I hope it was a pleasant one! Yes, it’s unusual to see a bird with such a limited range—and one that doesn’t visit backyards—headlining Birds & Blooms Extra. But puffins are well known and adored from coast to coast. Maybe you’ve seen…

1 min.
this month

CELEBRATE March 12 is National Plant a Flower Day. If it’s still too cold to dig outdoors in your area, start marigold, zinnia or cosmos seeds on a sunny windowsill. Read Try the 2020 edition of The Best of Birds & Blooms free for 30 days! Get your copy now at birdsandblooms .com/birds20. Make Create a teacup garden with fresh and silk flowers, succulents and moss. Add mini figurines for extra whimsy. They make charming gifts! VISIT Check out the special “Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind”exhibit at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida. The Dali-themed event runs through June 28. birdsblooms @birdsblooms birdsblooms…

1 min.
easter surprise

Lenten Rose Helleborus orientalis , Zones 4 to 9 Cup-shaped flowers sprout from evergreen foliage in moderate winter climates, and range from white or pink to rosy purple, and anywhere between. The long bloom period begins in February, March or April, and flowers tolerate late-season snow well. Attracts: Light needs: Part to full shade. Size: Plants reach up to 11/2 feet tall and wide. Grown for: Cold season interest and early color. Foliage: Glossy dark leaves. Cultivars to try: Choose one of the many hybrids, such as Onyx Odyssey with purple, almost black, double flowers, or Phoebe with lovely pink spotted blooms.…

2 min.
off the menu

When you see small, sweet creatures hopping along, it seems so harmless to draw them in with whatever snacks you have available. Though the urge is fierce, try to resist. Dishes people consume are generally bad for birds in the same way that junk food is bad for our systems. “Malnutrition is certainly a risk if birds aren’t getting the food that they need,” says John Rowden, senior director for bird-friendly communities at Audubon. “They can be undernourished, which makes them more susceptible to disease, so it could cause health or lethal consequences.” With that knowledge, here’s a list of nine nibbles to avoid feeding your feathered friends. 1. BREAD People often drop bread for birds. Because it causes them to become full quickly, fliers may skip foods with actual nutritional value. 2. RAW MEAT It might…

1 min.
the feed

GROW A BUFFET Instead of shopping for birdseed, save time and money by growing native plants that produce fruit, seeds and nectar. Favorites include crabapple trees, sunflowers and salvia. “I don’t feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I need them.”Kathi Hutton CINCINNATI, OHIO WARM WEATHER TREAT When temperatures reach 40 degrees or more, it’s no longer safe to serve birds suet, lard and other fats that spoil. Instead, try this summer-safe option from Linda Popejoy of Concord, North Carolina. Pseudo Suet 2 cups shelled, unsalted peanuts1/2 cup raisins2 to 3 tablespoons cornmeal Blend peanuts in a food processor until they’re the consistency of peanut butter. Then add the raisins and process to combine. Mix in the cornmeal and process again. Press into a mold of your choice and hang in a…

4 min.
scent-sational flowers

1 Sweet pea LATHRYS ODORATUS , ANNUAL Colorful sweet pea is sweetly fragrant when blooming in spring. It’s also quite ornamental, thanks to the brightly hued pastel flowers of pink, purple and white. Give it something to ramble on and plant it where you can enjoy the scent—perhaps by a garden gate or near a frequently used doorway. Why we love it: Sweet pea is a cinch to grow and provides many fragrant cut flowers from spring until fall. It grows best in cooler temps. 2 Chamomile CHAMAEMELUM SPP., ZONES 4 TO 9 If you’re ready to relax, chamomile is the plant for you. Not only is the scent soothing, but so is the tea made from the plant. Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is shorter than most ground cover, while German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, annual) is…