We’ve had one heavy frost followed by a less punishing one so far this winter, and I’m feeling sorry for the birds, fluffed up to full capacity, they still looking very small and vulnerable in this dreary weather.
Berries in the garden are quickly being eaten, so rather than buying bird cake, I’ve made up my own, filling these terracotta flower pots with a calorific bird-cake mix to tied them over winter.
Starting with a slab of lard, left at room temperature overnight for easy mixing, I added sunflower hearts, then improvised with what was to hand, stale breadcrumbs, oatmeal, plain chopped peanuts and sultanas.
These small terracotta pots are an ideal size for filling with bird food, which is handy because, although they look nice, they’re too small for most plants, except tiny sempervivum, so hardly ever get used.
I threaded twine through the hole in the pot, a pebble tied to one end of the twine keeps it in place.
The pots have been tied to thin, outer branches of the magnolia tree, in the hope that it won’t be to easy for squirrels to get too, but I’m probably being too optimistic.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson