Christmas is for the Birds!

The above tree was outside of the Peirce-Dupont home on the Longwood Gardens property last year. The entire tree was decorated with our feathered friends in mind:

  • coconut shells – halved with three small holes drilled near the top and strung with rafia. Each shell is filled with bird seed.
  • grasses – tied together with–guess what–grass!  Some birds love the seeds from fronds.
  • seed pods – many types of seed pods are tied together to make the wonderful shapes seen above.
  • pine cones with peanut butter
  • fruit – slices of fruit hung with fishing wire

This autumn before you decide to dead-head (and you shouldn’t really because the birds will be angry), collect some of the seed pods and make ornaments for an enjoyable weekend project! 

Daily Gratitude: still harvesting peppers from my garden!

Quote of the Day for YOU:     I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Give: Make some changes in the way you give during the holidays by giving to a charity. http://www.redefinechristmas.org/

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2011.

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13 thoughts on “Christmas is for the Birds!

  1. The way they decorate that tree is one of my favorite seasonal exhibits at Longwood Gardens. I keep saying I’m going to make ornaments like that and decorate one of our outdoor trees for the animals, but never seem to get around to doing it.

  2. It’s great to see a bird-friendly tree. (Wait a minute, aren’t all trees bird friendly?) Seriously, I love feeding birds in the winter.

  3. I think you have given me a project to work on with Sarah. We have lots of trees that we could decorate for the birds, and I’m sure she would love it.

  4. Brilliant! Even my fussy lot should be satisfied with that feast. Last year we bought a wreath made of nuts and berries & when the festivities were over moved it from the front door to the shed door for the birds to feast!

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