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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day

"Prairie Fire" Crabapple in our garden.

Amelanchiers produce berries in mid-summer.

Today is Earth Day. The Earth Day network hopes to activate a billion people worldwide to take some personal action to better the earth, whether it is recycling, planting a tree, changing your lightbulbs to compact fluorescents, or anything else to help the earth.

We are buying a tree to plant. We always try to get one that is good for the birds. Some of our favorites are Crabapple trees and Amelanchier.

Crabapples have blossoms that attract orioles and Cape May Warblers who drink nectar from their blossoms, then robins, Cedar Waxwings, bluebirds, catbirds, Pine Grosbeaks and many others eat the crabapples.

We have Amelanchier, "Autumn Brilliance" planted across the entrance to our garden. These wonderful trees bloom early and produce berries in mid-summer. Cedar Waxwings, robins and bluebirds line up to get the berries when they're ripe. So think of what you can do to help the earth today.

1 comment:

Janice said...

Your backyard is so humble and beautiful!

*I Donated To Cornell Ornithology!*