It’s time to take down Christmas and create a winter urn for the birds. There are several different kinds of birds that migrate from the north and stay in our area for the winter, along with some that stay year round. Although they obviously live through our winters, it’s been found that the survival rate is higher in areas where bird seed is left out for them. I’m keeping my bird feeders full.
The live greens from the Outdoor Urn for Christmas still look pretty, so I want to keep them. But the Christmas picks were stuck hard in the frozen solid soil and sand that acted as my frog. With the current Arctic freeze we’re having, it’s a miracle that I got them out. It took 3 buckets of HOT tap water, along with waiting for it to thaw, but they finally loosened. I was getting worried that the Christmas look was going to stay until the Easter thaw.
Just as fast as I got them out, I stuck these branches in before it froze up again. They’re just ordinary branches that I saved from a pruning job, and painted them white. I was so cold and stiff that as I took this photo, I stood inside the front glass door. I know some folks are used to single digit fahrenheit temperatures, but I’m a wimpy plant zone 6b person. I’m starting to think the chlorophyll in the greens is frozen in place, and they can’t turn brown.
Next, I made some birdseed cakes, and let them harden overnight. Yum, yum.
I hung some on the urn twigs, and the rest on our backyard trees. Those poor little birdies couldn’t possibly find much food in this weather.
Slather peanut butter on some pine cones, roll them around in a bowl of bird seed, and place them on top of the greens. It not only gives them more to feast on, but it’s decorative.
It’s simple and functional. I can’t wait to see the birds feasting at my winter urn. They’re going to be fat and happy. Do you leave treats out for the birds?