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Blue tits in my garden have been enjoying the seeds from purple Agastache!


  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 2,055
    Great photo!
  • Bee witchedBee witched Scottish BordersPosts: 626
    That's a lovely photo.

    Great name @tulipmania .... and welcome to the forum.
    Bee x 
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • bullfinchbullfinch SurreyPosts: 362
    Brilliant photo @tulipmania!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,780
    I grow the purple and white for the bees then the birds.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Thank you BenCotto, there were many deleted images before I got that snap!
    Thank you too Bee witched, I'm in The Netherlands hence the name!
    Thank you bullfinch.
    And Lyn, how right you are, the bees just love it - it pops up all over my garden and, just like geranium phaeum, it's often in the wrong spot............. 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,828
    Love your photo. Goldfinches will take the seeds out of lavender heads if you don't deadhead them until spring.  I'm a lazy cow anyway so that's my excuse.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • @tulipmania What type of Agastache do you have, please? I am trying to find new plants to add to my garden that both the bees and the birds will like, and these look like they might be just the ticket. Thank you.

    P.S. Wonderful photograph!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,376
    Gorgeous photo  - don't forget to add it to the wildlife threads too  :)

    'My' blue tits are currently doing something similar with the Mahonia flowers, although I think it's more likely to be insects tucked in them. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • WibbleWibble Posts: 37
     Brilliant  pic @tulipmania!

    @fidgetbones don’t forget the ‘winter structural interest’ argument for not bothering your backside to cut stuff back!😂
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    I never see birds in my garden eat anything that's growing, unless it's growing for US to eat - my cherry trees spend the summer wrapped in net curtains to keep off the jackdaws.  I guess "my" birds are so urban, they've lost the skill of foraging and think food only comes from feeders.  Goldfinches I find are particularly ungrateful.  When I first moved here, I bought nyjer seed and a special feeder for it;  the goldfinches came, but ignored the nyjer and just ate the mix that all the birds eat.  Then I grew teasels specially for them; again, they came, but I never saw one of them feeding from a teasel.  I'm left to wage war on the teasels' numerous offspring.
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