I came back from Florida to find snow on the ground. It didn't, however, cover all the plants I left up this past autumn. This was a good thing. Tons of birds were pecking away at the spent Black-Eyed Susan seed heads. There were seeds all over the snow, so I could tell they had been at it for a while.
I have tons of Susans as you should know. All those photos I simply couldn't NOT post last summer is testament to that. So it stands to reason that I would have tons of seed heads. No, I don't dead head these, and winter time is the reason why I don't.
|Faint rabbit tracks; they were here eating seeds, too|
I should say winter and birds. They come to my garden, these pretty little birds, because I provide them with a steady supply of food....
...and water. Although here the water is a solid block of ice. I poured boiling water on this bird bath to melt it, but I think the ice just cooled the water before the boiling water could melt the ice. Oh, bother!
|A little extra thank you for insect control|
Yes, I supplement their food with bird seed, but they come for the berries off my trees and shrubs, too, and the seeds from the weeds--which always poke out even though I try to rid the garden of them-- and my self seeding perennials and annuals.
The birds get the insects I dislike in summer and they eat the seeds and berries all other times. It's a good trade off for me. That is why I don't clean up the garden in the autumn...that and it's too cold in autumn and I'm too lazy.