My outdoor page editor has green-lighted two stories.
First is feeding chickadees by hand, as this photo I somehow managed to get in the 1/2 second the little guy was in my hand shows. I told him it wouldn’t be a how to but a reflection on man and nature.
I am so enamored of these one-ounce fearless balls of tough. When I was living in my one-room cabin ($45 a month!) at Whipples Dam I had a feeder outside the window, mixed seed. When all the black oil sunflower seeds were gone the chickadees would actually peck at the windowsill until I put out more. How could you not love them.
This will run Dec. 16 to coincide with the annual bird count.
The second piece will be on “weeds in winter” and probably won’t run until January, after all the killing seasons are over. Will probably contain as many wildflowers and plants as weeds, as this wild hydrangea, whose geometric precision never ceases to intrigue me.
Wild hydrangea is a hardy, adaptable shrub grown for its large, cloud-like clusters of early summer flowers that start out pale green and turn to white then eventually fade to brown adding winter interest to the landscape. Since it flowers on the tips of the new growth its flower buds are not diminished by harsh winters. It is native to woodlands in the eastern U.S. For garden purposes, cultivated varieties are more attractive.