|The Last Elderberries|
It's been so much fun to sit outside for Sunday breakfast and watch the flocks of birds arrive to breakfast on the elderberries while we had French Toast. The house finches were especially excited, but we've seen other birds as well.
|Elderberry in the Shadow of the Redwoods|
Another star seed producer are the different buckwheats. I have several different species in the garden, and because I'm a suburban Town Mouse, I don't need to worry about cross-breeding with a locally native strain. The plant below is, I think, a crossbread of 'E. Grande Rubescens' (rosy buckwheat) and one of the two types of white-flowered buckwheats that I have in the garden. It blooms for a long time and seems especially drought tolerant.
|CA Native Hybrid Buckwheat|
|Rosy Buckwheat - Some Pink Flowerstalks, some Rust-Colored Seedheads|
With all the wonderful food, it's essential that the birds get water as well, and I fill my bird baths at least twice a week.
|Water and Seeds for the Birds|
|Seeds of Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Speciosa)|