Linderhof


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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, July 27, 2010

A Gift From the Birds


We feed the birds year round. Black sunflower seeds. It's a good basic food that attracts lots of varieties of birds (and sometimes squirrels). But not all birds are neat eaters like the blue jay or the chickadee. They scratch, they get into the feeders and seed gets on the ground and into the garden beds.

It's a struggle, early on, for there are all sorts of sunflower seedlings sprouting where we don't want sunflower seedlings. And try as I might, I never manage to get all of them.



Thus, in mid to late July and August, we receive a gift from the birds -- for the sunflowers bloom.
And they certainly brighten the breakfast room when placed in an old Mason's pitcher.

It's Outdoor Wednesday so please join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what else is happening outdoors --

18 comments:

Sherry said...

Your sunflowers are beautiful! Ours flopped this year.
Sherry

Ott, A. said...

Beautiful! I love (not like) LOVE sunflowers. Although they are technically a weed, they are one weed I encourage to grow.
a Latte with Ott, A

Allie and Pattie said...

A WONDERFUL, happy gift!
xoxo Pattie

Sherri said...

Such beautiful sunflowers! They are such a part of summer! Have a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday! Sherri

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! What a special gift from your bird visitors.

Best,
Bonnie

Olga said...

What a wonderful present from birds. The sunflowers are so pretty.

lemonverbenalady said...

Those birds are busy at our house as well,Martha! Even the cardinals were working our sunflowers today!

Amy said...

Yeah...for your birds!!!

annell said...

Yes, sunflowers are lovely! Thank you.

Maryrose said...

Oh so pretty, there isn't anything happier than a sunflower. Enjoy your gift from above.
Maryrose

Pondside said...

How lovely that the birds reward you for feeding them!

Love Bears All Things said...

I think they are so pretty and if you leave them on the vine, the birds will eat right off the flower when it drys...Somehow the doves and squirrels always eat whatever seed falls from my feeder.
Mama Bear

Mary said...

They really are a lovely addition to the garden and they look wonderful in a blue vase. It's like having a bit of provence in a vase. Have a wonderful day, Martha. Blessings...Mary

Carrie said...

Your sunflower bouquet is so pleasing.
Next year I plan to include sunflowers in my garden.

Carol said...

Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower. Yours are gorgeous!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Beautiful and what a lovely gift!

Light and Voices said...

I love sunflowers. Yours are beautiful.
Joyce M

Moonshadow said...

Ott, A. said...
"...Although they are technically a weed,..."

Technically they are NOT a weed. The sunflower is the Kansas State Flower. Not Kansas State Weed.