It is so nippy outside for most of us during this time of year! I love to garden, but not when my fingers feel like they are going to freeze off! Between the frost and the rains, my garden definitely looks like it is taking a nap…or that I have been! There is die-back everywhere from plants that could not stand the cold, and brambling branches in want of a serious prune. During the spring, summer and even fall, this would irk me and make me feel guilty for not taking care….but in winter, the pace slows. It is actually poetic, in a way. I secretly love how winter wants to give us a bit of a rest, a sort of hibernation from some of our to-dos (even from the chores we love).
When I see the leaves fall and the plants take a winter’s rest, my mind always goes back to something I heard years ago about birds. We all love to feed them during the warm season, when we are out and about in our yards enjoying their chirps and flutters. However, when the cold has us spending more time inside, we can have the proclivity to forget about feeding them. Ironically, this is the season when they need the extra fattening up and a little extra care from us would be a blessing. Visions of birds fluffed up against the cold and rain seem to now constantly fill my head when I look out at my winter garden. So, even though I am not up for pruning and planting right now, I find myself busying about feeding my feathery friends. Sounds pretty “Snow White,” right? Haha, well here is a modern twist to my Snow White syndrome! A geometric, industrial inspired bird feeder to jazz up your winter garden!
Photo Cred: Anya McInroy