Posted: 19/01/2014 at 19:15
Only this morning I had a hungry flock of Goldfinch feasting on Verbena Bonineriasis seed heads in my large perennial border, which is a great spectacle to watch!
Even though there are feeders hanging up full of seed that they use every day, when the time is right they will strip out every possible seed from these plants completely ignoring the feeders! As the winter goes on they gradually work their way around all the plants but only when they are ready to eat!
This clearly demonstrates the benefit of leaving the seed heads on your perennial plants over the winter. What's even better all these plants are in full flower all summers benefiting all manner of pollinators so you win twice in my book!
I have also been buying seed in bulk for some time which makes perfect sense. For mealworms I have found some great bargains on ebay in the past but they go fast so you need to keep checking!
To make my expensive sunflower hearts go further I mix them about 60-40/70-30 with black sunflower seeds that are much cheaper to buy. I don't find this makes any difference to the birds but does offset the cost of the expensive hearts somewhat.