I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to gardening, I’m a novice. I spend time in my backyard puttering around with plants, flowers, bird feeders, and bird food because I have an interest; I’m certainly no expert! I happen upon things that work mostly by accident.
Many years ago I put 2 dogwood shrubs in my side yard garden hoping that they would provide a bit of natural privacy along the fence line between my yard and my neighbors. Little did I know that they would provide shelter and food for many birds. Both dogwoods have grown taller than my 6-foot fence and are loaded with lots of white berries. Nearly every species of bird in our backyard likes them and they attract visits during migration from Cedar Waxwings, Yellow Warblers and Red-eyed Vireos.
Right now, we are enjoying an early annual visit from a pair of Yellow Warblers and a Red-eyed Vireo who are at a near-constant stage of feeding off the berries. At this rate, there may not be any left for the Cedar Waxwings – they better hurry.
Another benefit of placing these 2 shrubs in my side yard is that they are right outside my kitchen window. I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and I get an up-close view of their antics. I also have several feeders in this area making this one of my favorite spots to birdwatch year-round.
All this enjoyment from adding shrubs that I thought would provide only beauty and maybe some privacy. That’s how things usually go in my yard, by happen-stance, how about yours?