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Re: RE: goldfinch

I always allow my last batch of purple coneflowers in November go to
seed just for the finches. That's usually about the time they come back
here. They reward me by spreading seedlings which I share w/ friends.
And they can clean out those tube feeders full of nyger seed pretty
quickly too!

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan
Sent: 8/7/2004 11:23:51 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] goldfinch

> If you have coneflowers of any kind, you'll attract the gold finches.  I've
> also had them "roost" in my centrathus ruber "alba."  It is always a delight
> to come up the drive or around a corner and see them congregated together in
> the plants merrily chatting away to one another.  They also LOVE thistle
> seed.  They are the reason I have so many places in the yard with
> coneflowers.  They eat the seed and deposit it with a healthy manure
> dressing somewhere I hadn't planned for them to be. :>)  Thus far, I've
> always had enough takers for the "extra" coneflowers though.  I've had three
> folks from last year who took seedlings that have come back to me and asked
> if they could have some more "extras" as they fell in love with the
> coneflowers (Echinacea "White Swan" and the purple variety as well.)
> I went to cut some twigs of my Bluebeard this morning for a funeral bouquet
> and had a bit of difficulty getting my pruners in there for all the bees.
> At least I didn't have that problem with the Rose of Sharon!  This cool
> weather is really making everything around here start acting as though it is
> fall.  I've even seen a couple of plants start a small color change and my
> Chinese Lanterns are ready for harvest any time now.  
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)  Where the temps, sun and wind are absolutely
> perfect today!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Saturday, August 07, 2004 12:31 PM
> To: Agardenchat
> Subject: [CHAT] goldfinch
> As I came down toward the Florida room I could hear a very different (from
> the usual around here) bird sound.  There on the Anise Hyssop (Agastache
> rugosa) were 3 gold and black little birds, nibbling away at the flowers.  I
> had never seen anything but insects - bees, wasps, butterflies, and moths -
> on this plant before.  Since I know very little about birds, I guessed they
> were goldfinches.  The pictures I googled look very much like them.
> I realize they aren't all that uncommon, but it was a real treat for me to
> see them enjoying a plant I grew from seed.
> Kitty
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