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If you don't like the appearance of your Echinacea seedheads in late summer and early fall, you can still tidy up their appearance and feed the goldfinches and other birds as well. To clean up, I wait until the stalk just below the seedheads turns brown/black. Cut the stalks and bundle like a bouquet and tie to the base of a pole or small tree. I do this so the finches can have the seeds, and it looks neater. The base of a shepherd's hook that holds your birdfeeders is an excellent spot to tie your seed bouquet.
Sep 25, 2013 4:14 AM CST
|I didn't even know finches likes echie seeds!|
Thank you so much - I have a lot of echies because they are on the list of things safe to feed a house rabbit.
I try to just snip the greens for her so I can have the flowers for myself.
Then I have the seedheads left over.
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Sep 25, 2013 9:47 AM CST
|What a great idea.Thanks for sharing.|
Sep 25, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Sep 30, 2013 10:27 AM CST
|Nice idea. Thanks. Do you do the same with brown eyed Susan's?|
Oct 4, 2013 11:17 AM CST
|I don't do the same with those. However, It would probably work. I don't really notice the birds eating the seeds on those though. I'll have to keep my eye out this year!|
Aug 18, 2015 11:09 AM CST
|Very good idea. |
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Aug 18, 2015 5:18 PM CST
|Very cool idea!! |
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Aug 19, 2015 2:05 PM CST
|Wonderful idea! Since we've planted our first prairie patch, the number of birds at the feeders have dropped. Now that we have our first Purple Coneflowers, I will give this a try.|