Middle South

November, 2011
Regional Report

Books

Songbirds in Your Garden
With plenty to interest the avid birder as well as the excited beginner, Songbirds in Your Garden (Algonquin Books, 1994), by John K. Terres, is the definitive authority for anyone who wants to become more knowledgeable about attracting and feeding birds at home. Terres, a seasoned naturalist and former editor of Audubon Magazine, shares all -- from learning bird calls to nursing an injured bird back to health. Most importantly, the book includes fifty-two detailed profiles of birds that commonly visit home feeders.

Favorite or New Plant

Serviceberry
Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora) is a lovely small tree that deserves wider use in the landscape. It makes a beautiful addition to any garden, blooming with white flowers in early spring and displaying orange-red foliage in autumn. Best of all, however, are the plump, blueberry-like fruits that ripen in May, when birds have just begun to nest but food is still scarce.

Serviceberry trees needs full sun or partial shade and is an excellent choice for open spaces in woodland gardens. They also prefer well-drained soil, regular moisture, and some winter chill.

Choice selections include 'Autumn Brilliance', 'Forest Prince', 'Robin Hill', 'Princess Diana', and 'Prince William'.

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