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Birds & BloomsBirds & Blooms

Birds & Blooms April/May 2019

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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it’s oriole season!

Now is the perfect time to pull your feeders out of storage, clean them up and stockpile bags of juicy oranges. The trick to attracting orioles is setting out the citrus fruit early enough to capture the fliers’ attention right as they roll into town. Last spring I put oranges out May 1. The first oriole showed up May 11, so punctuality paid off. Two species—Baltimore and orchard—became regulars, and keeping them well-fed became my obsession. If you live in the eastern half of the U.S. as I do, you get the pleasure of seeing the bright bold colors of Baltimore orioles. Their black heads, vibrant orange bellies and beautiful songs are unmistakable—a true backyard treat. Learn more about their behaviors and habits on page 10. Of course, this season is about…

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bundles of color

Lantana Lantana camara, Annual to Zone 9 Clusters of nectar-filled blooms make lantana a magnet for pollinators. Flowers range in color, and some cultivars have several bright hues per bunch, creating a tie-dye effect. It may be grown year-round in warm areas, but can be invasive, so check before planting. Attracts: Light needs: Full sun. Size: Three to 4 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide; annuals are smaller. Grown for: Low-maintenance; showy flowers that wildlife love. Foliage: Shiny, toothed leaves. Cultivars to try: Tropical Temptation Mimosa’s magenta and yellow blooms offer a slice of paradise. Mary Ann provides a more classic look.…

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blaze orange

Gene Stratton-Porter, a naturalist in the early years of the 20th century, described the Baltimore oriole as “spilling notes of molten sweetness, as it shot like a ray of detached sunshine.” It’s true, nothing brightens a day like this member of the blackbird family, thanks to its striking orange breast, black head and white-barred wings, plus its bold, melodic call. Baltimore orioles are one of eight orioles found in North America. Its relatives are Bullock’s, orchard, spot-breasted, hooded, Audubon’s, Scott’s and Altamira. Where the ranges of Bullock’s and Baltimore overlap in the Midwest, the two sometimes interbreed. About 8 inches long, with a 9-to 12-inch wingspan, Baltimores are medium-sized songbirds. Like all other blackbirds, they have a thick, pointed bill. The male’s vibrant underparts, shoulders and rump can vary from flaming orange…

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the feed

EASY TO PLEASE An orange half on a flat surface keeps an oriole happy. Feeders for oranges are available but not necessary. “I love Baltimore orioles’ colors and gorgeous song. When they sing, it’s like happiness put to birdsong.”Grace Huffman OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA CATERPILLAR CONNOISSEUR These flashy fliers dine on furry caterpillars that other birds won’t touch. They whack them on a branch to remove the hair, then gulp them down. SQUIRT! Baltimore orioles use a technique called gaping to get juice out of fruit. They stab a ripe berry with a closed bill, then open wide and lap up the droplets with their tongues.…

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hottest plants of 2019

1 Primo arborvitae THUJA OCCIDENTALIS ‘ISLPRIM’, ZONES 4 TO 8 Resembling a Hinoki cypress, this conifer tops out at a diminutive 3 feet tall and less than 2 feet wide in 10 years, making it a perfect choice for a container or to fill a small garden space. For most of the year, the tree is a rich, deep green color, turning muted bronze during winter. It does best in cold or moderate climates. Why we love it: It’s cute, tough and tiny and develops more and more character over time. You’d never guess this stunner is an arborvitae. 2 Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea HYDRANGEA SERRATA ‘SMNHSDD’, ZONES 5 TO 9 If big leaf types are not doing what you hoped for, try the Tuff Stuff line of hydrangeas, bred from durable mountain hydrangeas. Ah-Ha works…

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keep invasives out

They can be pretty, but the troublesome beauties known as invasives eventually escape backyard landscapes and creep into wetlands, woodlands and other natural spaces. Once they take root, they crowd out native plants that provide food and shelter for beneficial insects, birds and mammals living in those habitats. As these bullies flourish and spread in an area, they compete with native species for moisture, sunlight and nutrients. This has contributed to the decline of 42 percent of endangered and threatened species. The presence of invasives also affects water quality, increases soil erosion and decreases a habitat’s diversity. Most invasive plants are labeled as low-maintenance wonders, like Eurasian honeysuckle and kudzu, and blooming beauties such as purple loosestrife and Dame’s rocket. But the same traits that allow them to thrive in your yard…

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