Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Friend in the Garden

An earlier resident of Linderhof planted a tulip tree long ago -- in the center of the garden. It's a huge tree and every May, it blooms. . . .
The blooms are a natural food of one of our bird friends. And every May when the tulip tree blooms, that bird friend finds its way to the garden at Linderhof. For two to three weeks.
Our friend -- is the Baltimore Oriole. None one but two males and their ladies as well. The ladies are black as well but without a hood and instead of bright orange they are more yellow gold.

They're skittish and so, they work their way in . . . . first at the back of the pergola.. . .
Then to the side of the garden . . . . . casing man's food supply.

And then, food at last!

We enjoy these yearly visits of the Orioles. In May days, we often spend more time in the breakfast room when we're indoors so that we can enjoy the visits of these colorful birds.

Today at lunch a friend told me she had 13 -- thirteen -- orioles visiting her. Her secret -- grape jelly and orange slices. She's went through one jar already and is on her second. Grape jelly is now in the pantry at Linderhof and we've sliced oranges and put them on plates under the pergola. We'll see if our orioles multiply!!!!

It's Wednesday, which means that it's time for Outdoor Wednesday. Please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what everyone is doing outdoors this Wednesday.


GwendolynKay said...

My neighbor used to cut up the oranges and stick them on nails on her trees. I love all birds.. I think I need to get myself a bird feeder so I can enjoy them too.

Bernideen said...

That is so unique - what your friend does. I don'tthink I've ever seen these gorgeous birds - lovely!

Allie and Pattie said...

How fascinating! I'll be interested to hear if this works!
xoxo Pattie

benchwarmer said...

your photographs are so good. i love to birdwatch just don't get much time to do it. sounds like you have the perfect spot for your birdwatching.

Ann said...

Those Orioles are gorgeous. I don't we have any here. How wonderful to watch them all come to the tulip tree. I would love to have one myself. Happy Outdoor Wed.

Blondie's Journal said...

They are lovely birds! I saw one at the lake this past weekend. I'd put oranges out but I would be afraid to attract bees!


Marilyn said...

I actually think I saw one of those birds this week as they migrate! They never stay, but I sure wish they would. Interesting food combination! Thanks for sharing. ♥♫

Pondside said...

I haven't seen one of these in years. I hope you'll let us know how you do with your oranges and grape jelly.

Jim said...

So bright and colourful.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Suz said...

Martha,thank you for visiting me
I too have a tulip tree and I must say it is blooming its head off..but I have never noticed B.Orioles there..however, I have seen them on my horsechestut when it is blooming. It is finished blooming so I guess the birds have flown through...thanks for the jelly and orange tip
enjoy reading you when you post

The Shiny Pebble said...

How about that! I can honestly say I have never seen a grape jelly fed oriole before. :)

Chrissie said...

Hello Martha, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. We don't have Orioles over here but they do look wonderfully colourful. It seems very exotic to me to put oranges out for the birds, I think they only thing I would attract is wasps and ants, but I am tempted to try.

From the Kitchen said...

Martha: What a "stopover" for the orioles--a beautiful garden and orange slices with jam. If you threw in a scone, I'd stop as well. What a treat for you and Jim--a lovely nature show to watch as you dine.


Dan said...

Beautiful birds! They look like warmer weather birds than the UK can offer!

Ms. Bake-it said...

What an interesting idea. I will pass on the information to my mother so she can try it when she goes back to Maine. I have not seen any Orioles in years, they are so pretty.

~ Tracy

Regina said...

Beautiful birdies.
Great outdoor!

Jennifer in France said...

Cool, I grew up in Maryland and never once saw our state bird, the Baltimore Oriole.