Ashley’s Gardening Tips – December

We’re trimming many trees at the inn this holiday season and a favorite of mine is the outdoor bird tree. A variety of treats keeps a diversity of birds continually visiting for unending entertainment and enjoyment through the winter season. The placement of the tree allows one to sit in the comfort and warmth of our lobby for viewing. I’ve provided a description of treats we decorate the 15 foot fir with, and I encourage you to create and enjoy them at your own home!

The live fir tree is strung with lights that glisten through the night or during a graceful falling snow. Popcorn, unsalted, shelled peanuts, and cranberries(for color) are strung and wrapped around the branches. Woodpeckers and blue jays work determinedly on the shelled peanuts for the treats inside. Pinecones are smeared with peanut butter and dipped in various types of bird seed. Grapefruits are halved, their contents removed, creating small cups that can be filled with seed. Pieces of colorful yarn are used for hanging them from branches. As the season progresses, its fun to monitor and experiment with various treats, noting what is enjoyed and by what species.

Each season offers its own uniqueness all about our property. In addition to enjoying the walking trails, wildlife viewing, Christmas decorations, and area events, be sure to check out the bird tree! Do you have a bird treat idea or recipe you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it!