The seeds of the Black-Eyed Susan are as coveted as the blossoms. A favorite among birds, they're a much needed food supply during the cold months.
But depending on where your Susan's are planted (mine are growing along the beds at my front entrance), they can be a bit unsightly when left on the stem to overwinter. So, this year I found a solution that I'm hoping will satisfy both parties - me and the birds - by creating seed wreaths.
Not wanting to waste the benefit of the seed, I'm hoping that by making wreaths and placing them strategically around the yard this will allow me to clean up those unsightly flowers beds while still providing a native food to the birds. I think that's a win-win.
Using a recycled willow wreath, I simply gathered small clusters of the dried seed heads and tucked them snugly into the wreath...
I know you're waiting for more instruction, but that's all there was to it.
So, so easy.
Admittedly, they aren't the prettiest of wreaths if you aren't a hungry bird, so you may want to dress your up with fresh fall berries and a sprig or two of evergreen to liven it up a bit. But I think the birds will find them beautiful just as they are. And if I'm successful, a bird or two sitting on this wreath is all the beauty I need.
Do you feed the migrating hummingbirds through the winter? You may not be aware, but if your live in the south, we have these lovely creatures all winter long. Visit my post on caring for hummingbirds through the winter to help keep these beauties nourished during the cold months.