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Birds and Blooms ExtraBirds and Blooms Extra

Birds and Blooms Extra

July 2019

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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Trusted Media Brands Inc.
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This time of year, birds are paired up, settled into nesting sites, and busy raising young families. Instead of visiting seed feeders, doting parents are on the hunt for protein-packed insects to fuel their growing fledglings. During the time when there’s less interest in backyard offerings, some bird-watchers take a break from feeding—you can find out whether that’s necessary in “Summer Switch-Up” on page 8. I keep my feeders up all summer, but I admit to being lax on refilling them because I know the birds have enough to eat. Feeder traffic may be slow, but there’s still plenty to see in the yard—like caterpillars! We show you the most bizarre of the bunch in “Crazy Cool Caterpillars” on page 32. Find out where in North America each one lives, and…

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this month

ASK OUR EXPERTS Whether it’s mystery plants, gardening dilemmas or peculiar bird behavior, our experts can help! Send your burning questions to the pros: birdsandblooms .com/submit Try it On National Avocado Day, July 31, stick three toothpicks into a washed pit, suspend it in a glass, broad end down and half covered with water, and see how long it takes to sprout! Grow Linda Barnes of New London, Ohio, was thrilled when her living stone plant bloomed. Let this beautiful flower inspire you to try new plants. GET AWAY See hummingbirds like Lucifer, broad-tailed, Allen’s, black-chinned and more at the Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration in Fort Davis, Texas, Aug. 22-25. EXPLORE Head to the nearest park—July is the best time to practice butterfly ID skills.…

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jumbles of blooms

Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata , Zones 4 to 8 Native to the rich thickets of the eastern states, garden phlox is equally at home in most of the U.S. Densely packed flowers pop up later in the growing season, usually around July and stay until early fall. This phlox is susceptible to mildew, but look for cultivars that are slightly more resistant. Attracts: Light needs: Prefers full sun, but also grows in part shade. Size: 2 to 4 feet tall, and spreads nearly as wide. Grown for: Fragrant and showy white to dark purple flowers. Foliage: Long, pointed leaves. Cultivars to try: Candy Twist boasts fun, contrasting stripes, and Mother of Pearl wows with overlapping blush pink blooms.…

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summer switch-up

Backyard feeders offer a food source for neighborhood birds when wild pickings are scarce, especially in winter. Birds could get by in any season without your offerings, no doubt, but it’s clear they enjoy the sunflower seed buffets. During the summer months, however, when bugs and plants are prevalent, many wonder: Should I be feeding the birds? The short answer is that it’s perfectly fine to feed birds year-round, with proper care. Warm temperatures lead to an increase in infectious diseases. When wildlife (say birds eating at feeders) come together in close proximity, the spread of disease is more likely. Summer heat can cause seed and suet to spoil or become moldy much quicker, especially if your feeders are in the sun. Research shows that feeding in summer may have an upside.…

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the feed

SUMMER MENU Add variety to your offerings as the seasons change. Summer favorites include oranges for orioles, mealworms for bluebirds and sugar water for hummingbirds. HOT-WEATHER HABITS Fill your feeders halfway in summer, so the food is less likely to go bad and won’t go to waste. Once the seed or suet has spoiled, toss it. “We feed the birds year-round, however, we have to pay close attention that other critters aren’t getting at the food, especially deer! Patrick Hogan TEMPERANCE, MICHIGAN…

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1 Petunia PETUNIA , ANNUAL This heat-loving annual produces trumpet-shaped blooms well into fall with a little TLC. Coax more color from the plant by pinching off the seedpods and removing dead, faded flowers. With enough sun and water, petunias will keep blooming until the first hard freeze. Why we love it: Flowers come in almost every color, and some even bring their own contrast with bicolored blooms. 2 Impatiens IMPATIENS , ANNUAL No wonder impatiens are a mainstay in shade gardens, where color can be tough to come by. Keep them well-watered and fed, and they’ll reward you with nonstop blooms. With so many cultivars available, you’re sure to find a variety that piques your fancy. Why we love it: These beauties are self-cleaning, meaning they drop their faded blooms so you don’t have to deadhead. 3…

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