Habitat Garden: What Do You See?

What do you see…

Habitat Gardening or Garden Chore:  Spent flower heads of rudbeckia & eupatorium

Do you see spent flowers that are ‘ruining’ the fall garden and should be cut back ASAP?

Or perhaps a source of food and shelter for birds? 

Or possibly the soon-to-be stars in a frost-kissed garden, glistening in the cold morning sun?

Or maybe you see something completely different…what do you see?

13 thoughts on “Habitat Garden: What Do You See?

  1. Dear Debbie, they can all be true at the same time, but if one has already seen birds feeding on flower seeds or those frost crystals sparkling on the plants might not deadhead anymore. Some plants provide great source for decoration not only in summer. And it’s also interesting to learn what happens to the plants after the bloom. What do you see?

    • Ezster, You’re right, they can all be true at the same time, that’s one of the aspects of gardening that makes it so personal. I have to admit that when I was a young gardener, I saw all the mess. But as I mature, I see my garden as a refuge not only for me but also for the wildlife in my area.

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  3. I see goldfinches ready to perch on the spent seed heads and juncos and other birds forging about on the ground below, plus a great photo op once light snow falls and highlights the quiet beauty of seed heads. I also foresee many volunteers ready for planting elsewhere next spring.

    • Joene, I hope you’re right about the volunteers, I’d be happy to have some to expand the garden. I am looking forward to the photo ops you mentioned, the frost-kissed mornings will be here befroe long.

  4. It’s funny you should bring this up Debbie, I’ve been dealing with the push/ pull of mess VS nature lately, and actually just did some freestyle writing on it yesterday. In my own garden, it’s no problem to leave some deadheads. But when we’re getting paid the big bucks to keep someone’s garden perfect, they just give me a blank look if I try to explain about wildlife. It’s a really tough conundrum for me.

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  6. Once fall hits, deadheading ends. The dead things aren’t removed until spring clean-up time. I’ve been doing it that way all my married life and that’s nearly 37 years. For the first 14 years, never thought about it feeding wildlife, we had very little at our old home. But…what a beautiful winter landscape is left when you don’t pull the dried things up. What a beautiful sight when seed heads are wearing snow caps! And even without snow or ice, dried plant matter keeps the winter garden from looking too barren, by creating silhouettes, shadows and texture to the garden.

    • Nadiza, Love the comment about the snow caps…I find the echinacea looks especially stunning with a ‘snow cap’ on. Isn’t it funny how you’d been doing it right al along, you just didn’t realize it?

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