I may be a little late with this post, but then that would be because I was a little late taking down the Christmas tree this year. Although I always have a real tree, I do feel a twinge of guilt when Christmas is over and it's time to get rid of the tree. I mean, really, it still looks and smells great and it's a shame to simply cart it away.
I like to use my old Christmas tree for my birds. If there is enough snow, I plunge the base into the snowbank near my bird feeders, if there isn't (like this year) I put it outside tree stand and all. This year, I have the tree right outside my office window so I can watch the birds while I work.
I made a string of dried fruit for the tree yesterday, expecting the squirrels to be delighted with their find. I watched with anticipation as the little red squirrel gave it a sniff and then took a flying leap over the fruit and landed on the bird feeder. I guess it's safe to say that my squirrels prefer sunflower seeds to dried fruit.
We got a few inches of snow last night, so the tree is looking pretty and I hope it will attract some new birds to my window. I think I will add a suet cake to the tree today. I typically offer suet to my birds under the pine trees where I can watch them from the dining room, but I think it would be a nice touch near my office window.
Maybe it will even inspire me to clean and reorganize my office so that I will be energetic and productive in the new year. Until then, you can find me with a cup of steaming coffee as I enjoy the birds.
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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