Birds

How to Clean A Cement Bird Bath in Just Minutes

Clean cement bird bath

After a long summer of use, a bird bath can be getting pretty grimy this time of the year. It is easy to clean a cement bird bath to make it a safe and fun place for birds to enjoy. All you need are a few common supplies and minutes of your time. I admit…

Attracting Birds in Winter – Bird Feeding Tips for the Cold Months

Feeding Tips for Birds

Many gardeners try to plant shrubs and flowers that attract birds during the spring and summer. But what about the winter months?  How does a gardener go about attracting birds in winter?  These bird feeding tips will make sure that your yard is a welcoming place for our feathered friends all year long. Attracting birds…

Cleveland Zoo Visit

Cleveland Zoo

Our summer vacation this year was a mainly tour of Historic Homes and Botanical Gardens in 7 Eastern and Midwest States. But while we were in Ohio, we stopped into the Cleveland Zoo and spent a few hours admiring the animals. This big zoo houses 3,000 animals of over 600 species on abut 180 acres…

How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden

Hummingbird feeding

There is nothing quite like the sight of hummingbirds around a feeder, fluttering their wings the way only hummingbirds seem to do. For me, it is sort of a sign that summer is really in full steam.  If you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden, there are a few things that you should keep in mind…

Growing Sunflowers – How to Grow and Care for Sunflower Plants

Sunflowers come in many colors

Growing Sunflowers is one of the really fun parts of summer time gardening.  These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular plant to introduce children to gardening.  Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a member of the Aster family. The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.  It is native to…

Winter Garden Views in January

These winter garden views, from the USA, Canada and the UK show that there are some stark differences and lots of similarities when you look outside your window in winter. These photos are shared by readers of my blog. Why not share your photo too?

The weather outside does not lend itself to gardening right now. We recently had a snow storm that dumped about three inches here in North Carolina.  Looking over my snow soaked garden gave me the idea to have a share day on my Facebook page. I asked my Facebook fans to share their Winter Garden Views and…

25 tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

Garden Tips for Sping

Many areas of the country are still under a blanket of snow, but it won’t be long for most of us to do things to get your garden ready for spring.  Here in NC, depending on how late our winter lasts, that time is almost here!  It is time to start thinking about ways to…

Early Spring Garden Projects

18 tips for early spring gardening

I know that in most parts of the country, the ground is still covered with snow, but as any good gardener will tell you, “it’s never to early to start thinking about spring gardening!”  There are lots of things that you can do to get ready.  These early spring garden projects will get a jump…

Window Bird Feeder – Easy to use

Window Bird Feeder

Enjoy Wildlife with an Acrylic Window Bird Feeder One of the things I often do as part of writing for my blog is to review products from various sponsors of mine.  I especially love it when I am offered the chance to review a product that really fits into the gardening aspect of my blog. …

The Importance of Bird Houses – Bird House Benefits

the benefits of having a bird house are many.

The birds that visit your backyard are a part of the whole ecosystem. The Importance of bird houses can’t be understated if you want to attract birds to your yard. Having a home for your feathered friends adds some interest to your yard and makes sure the birds will keep visiting.  There are also many…

The Garden Charmers Share their Favorite Facebook Pages

The Garden Charmers Favorite Facebook pages

Facebook has so many great pages devoted to gardening, but the way the site now shows the content of pages, it is sometimes hard for them to get seen on news feeds. I thought it would be fun for the Garden Charmers (a GREAT Facebook page) to each share their own favorite Gardening page on…

Boxwood Wreath Bird Feeder DIY Project

DIY Bird Feeder Wreath. Repurpose and old Christmas wreath to feed the birds!

Some of you may remember that I made a dogwood wreath for the first time in December last year for Christmas.   I’ve long since removed the Christmas decorations but left it hanging and it has started to dry out.  I decided to re-purpose it into a bird feeder for my backyard test garden. My husband…

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria crowned pigeon

Victoria crowned-pigeon – Goura victoria We had visitors from the UK recently and spent a day at the North Carolina Zoo, in Ashville, NC.   The zoo is divided into two parts – North America and African animals.  We spent our time at the African animal exhibits since we all wanted to see the large wild…

Hummingbird Accent Throw Pillow 17 x 17″

Every once in a while I find a home decor retail object that I like to share with my readers.  This lovely hummingbird throw pillow is one of those. Details of the Hummingbird Throw Pillow Artist Carolyn Shores Wright captures a moment in time with this beautiful design featuring a hummingbird enjoying a colorful snack…