Winter solitude –
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.
-(Matsuo Basho, 1644-1694)
You guessed it – it’s still snowing here. But it’s not quite a “world of one color”:
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
Peking cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lucidus)
European cranberry, guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)
I love the persistence of berries during winter! Not only are they amazing pops of colour in the landscape, but some of them provide sustenance for fruit-eating birds during these cold, dark days. I’ve been worrying a bit about the chickadees that have been huddling together in the lilacs in the yard – the property management company doesn’t encourage the use of feeders, so they’re not getting any sort of nut-seed mix from anyone in the complex. I wonder if I could get away with buying a block of suet and placing it somewhere deep in the shrubs?
Of course, a covert operation such as this will require significant stealth tactics and a pre-dawn launch. I’ve got the early morning part down pat, but I’m utterly hopeless at sneaky – I’m guaranteed to get caught! Oh well, it’s all for a good cause…. ;)
Do you feed wild birds during the wintertime (or year-round)? And what are your favourite shrubs and trees for winter interest?