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Winter Interest in the Snowbelt

By chelle
February 16, 2015

Creating winter interest and a pleasant view once your prized evergreen shrubs are buried for the duration, and after your brightly colored berries have been consumed by wildlife, can be done, but think hip-height or higher, and plan for more than one focal point.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 16, 2015 4:46 AM CST
Thank you Chelle - I especially love the last photo with all the birds. SWEET Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Feb 16, 2015 6:01 AM CST
I agree Nicely written and beautiful pictures to give as examples. Well done, Chelle!
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 16, 2015 7:45 AM CST
Winter Wonderful. Love your article! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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chelle
Feb 16, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Thanks!

Just in from farm chores and bird feeding, and I'll tell ya, it's a much better day for window-watching than actually being out in it! Just above zero right now, but an improvement from yesterday's below zero start. An hour out in it fixing fence is just about all my frozen feet can take! Rolling my eyes. The birds seem happy enough, though I'm sure I don't know how they can be, except for the fact that they do have food. Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 16, 2015 10:10 AM CST
Chelle, Stunning, just stunning and great advice regarding attracting birds to the garden! Thumbs up

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Newyorkrita
Feb 16, 2015 1:49 PM CST
Very well written and informative! Great job.
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Oberon46
Feb 16, 2015 5:13 PM CST
I guess I will give the feeder thing another try. I also hung one in a tree right over my garden. Grumbling What a mess. Then I had seed in my shed and attracted every mouse in the area who bypassed the seed to gnaw my plants to perdition. Maybe if the feeder is in the middle of the lawn out back in the yard I won't attract mice, won't grow weeds I can't mow. We have a pond so the birds drink and bath in the falls regularly. Might be able to manage a heated dog dish in winter. We'll see. Thanks for all your work on the article. Great with pictures for examples. Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Feb 16, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Glad you liked it, Mary.

BTW, I've done all of those things as well. Now I keep the seed bags in the house and right next to kitty's feed bowl. He protects them very well. Big Grin Seed kept outdoors (for our turkeys) is kept in their shed and inside a metal trash can with a tight-fitting lid. Plastic cans won't stop them, they just chew a hole right through it.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 16, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Good article Chelle, and beautiful pictures as always.

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chelle
Feb 16, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Thanks Karen. Smiling
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