Fall Cleanup …not in my garden & here’s why!
By Susu Fiske of Inland Bays Garden Center special to the Coastal Point
I love bird watching (and so do my cats) from my living room window. I am always amazed by the different ones that come to my gardens and feeders. Imagine if I cut down all my perennials, raked up all my leaves, and made my garden a one-dimensional landscape every fall. I would miss all the less-seen birds that are now thrilling me with their beauty. I am not ashamed to say I get excited when I identify ones that I have not seen in my yard before. Just the other day I watched as a thrasher was thoroughly enjoying my Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry) and the Carolina wrens were busy eating my suet. I am always happy to see the wrens as they eat such a variety of insects, which they can find in my garden because I let nature take its own course. Last week a nuthatch not only visited my suet but also was getting seeds from my grasses and Rudbeckia.